You can read Kat’s answers here. The chain goes back from her and will go on ahead from me. Time is a flat circle.
what am i working on?
I used to say ‘a novella’, but it sounded so genteel and precious – like claiming to be learning how to play the lute – that these days I just give a sort of level stare, take a drag of a non-existent cigarette, and say, firmly: ‘fiction’.
how does my work differ from others of its genre?
Nice, a genuine excuse to whip out ‘sui generis’. Someone once described my writing as silly ideas treated seriously, which I liked.
why do i write what i do?
A lot of the time, the initial impulse to write is the desire to elaborate on a phrase that has come into your head without any planning. It’s not like there’s some language-less image or incident or idea that occurs or is perceived and that you then try to put into words (though that can happen). More, your thoughts have been trundling along as words already, and a particular run of them has something more to it. ‘Cool’, your brain says. Or: ‘Yep’. Once you’re writing though, once you’re long into it, then the desire is just to get it over and done with, probably not too smart a desire either, like a literary form of the Sunk Costs Fallacy. Getting from that initial impulse and out the end of the desire – that’ll do as well as anything for why I write.
how does my writing process work?
I write before work and, if I have time, edit after work. Anything else I can say about process is either too niche or banal and in either case not worth relating. In fact, re: process, out of all the multiple-tabs and infinite scrolls of procrastination, the only useful Writing Tip that’s ever stuck (for me) is to try write in the morning. Claw that way to your cold desk. Because then, whatever happens, wherever you go, whoever dies – well then at least you got some writing in.
Three friends, colleagues, writers, people will be taking the baton on 12th May. They are:
Robert Sharp, who writes on ideas of free expression, multiculturalism, shoddy political debates, and the impact of digital technology on our lives and cultures. http://www.robertsharp.co.uk/Ross Hopkins, who works a really dull office job and escapes in the weekends to what is essentially another really dull office job in his own free time, writing and scribbling amateur art-things: http://acornerofnowhere.tumblr.com/