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How to procrastinate #6: Emma Healey

How long did it take you to write your first novel? Five years. I was working full-time for three of …

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How to procrastinate #5: Jess Richards

Costa first novel shortlisted author Jess Richards looks at shadows, carries a notepad and has a one-eyed cat.

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Shitty First Drafts, by Anne Lamott

Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.

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How to procrastinate #4: Liam Bell

Liam Bell gets serious about biscuits, avoid procrastination by hiding the custard creams.

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Will Self on productivity

My move into typewriters exactly coincided with broadband. If you work on a computer you could be watching porn or buying some reindeer oven gloves or whatever.

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How to procrastinate #3: Nina de la Mer

Nina de La Mer, author of 4AM, talks Scrabble, social networking and the role of the internet in destroying productivity.

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