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'Write every day'

6 February 2006

'You have to be able to edit your own work. Write every day even if it's rubbish, because it's always better to have something to work on than to have nothing. You have to be ruthless and you have to give yourself space to do it.

I don't find it as easy to concentrate as I used to and my attention span is short. But as long as I get my 1,000 words written it doesn't matter if I only sit down at my computer for five minutes at a time then jump up and do the dishes or something.'

Sara Waters, whose new book The Night Watch is just out, in Writers' ForumBritish writers' magazine which is highly recommended for all writers. It features wide range of news and articles which help writers to improve their work and get published: