‘If you want to do something badly enough, you do it. You don’t need a computer. You just need an imagination and a bit of determination. Obviously, to have any success with writing, you have to have perseverance.
I have a young family. I have a full-time job. I think anybody who really wants to do this, barring a personal crisis, can sit down and find the time to write the chapter. I think there’s a misconception out there that you need oodles and oodles of time to write.
Once you have an idea and a bit of determination, you just need to sit down and do it, and you don’t need to clear off 16 or 24 hours. You could write 750 words in a couple of hours. It might not be perfect, and it might need to be polished.
I get the rest of my life out of the way, whether it’s dropping the kids at school, or finishing my shift or doing whatever it is, then I just go and write. I write mainly at home now. More often than not, I take my laptop and find the quietest and most comfortable place I can. I am the antithesis of the writer who needs his one computer and one space.’