Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: I think about writing in inverse proportion to my ability to write at any given moment. When I’m at work, I’m forever musing on story ideas and wishing I could be writing. When I have free time, suddenly there are a thousand and one other things to think about, all of them more interesting. I try, as far as possible, to nurture the ideas when they come, often making notes on my phone, because knowing what I’m going to write vastly increases the chances that I’ll actually write it.


Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 August 2019.
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