June 1st, 2005 • Posted in News |

Yesterday morning, in the space of two hours, I did the following: went for a walk to the post office; drank 3 cups of tea; ate two slices of toast; called a friend; checked my email about 17 times; checked the Shocklines board; received some book parcels through the door, opened them, checked out the books, folded the cardboard boxes and readied them for recycling; had another cup of tea; rearranged some books on my shelves; tried, and failed to tidy my study; had another cup of tea; emailed some friends about how terribly I procrastinate when I’m supposed to be starting a new novel.

That’s right. Yesterday was supposed to be my first day writing DAWN. I have pages and pages of notes, observations and ideas that I’ve been working on for several weeks, and I even had a first line: ‘As he approached the nameless village, it was easy to believe that the world had ended again.’

But it took me two painful, fraught hours to get started.

6 hours later I had 4,500 words down, and I was a happy bunny once again. So that’s it, I’m into DAWN, and I can’t wait to meet all my old friends from DUSK once again.

Tomorrow I’d heading to London for lunch with a film producer, then a pint with with my excellent film agent Ed afterwards. Wish me luck!

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