Two Hats

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“I have a strict controlling governor present during the first draft of a book. I write as if it were a rehearsal, I attempt to try out everything … I’m continually being fed and diverted by the possibilities from the world around me—chance anecdotes overheard, the texture within a rumour … When writing I reject nothing … I do this till I have a complete but rough first draft, by which time I’ve discovered the story. I then put on a different hat … and I start eliminating the wrong notes, the repetitions, the trails that go nowhere, I start merging and tightening the work … at this stage three scenes can become one. I take this process as far as I can. There are numerous drafts.”