How to procrastinate #12: Ben Hatch

How long did it take you to write your first book?

A year.

What’s your worst procrastinating habit?

I got addicted to Crufts one year and spent a whole week following the fortunes of a Spinoni bitch with a gentle rise from tail to head.

How do you stop yourself doing it?

I make sure i have a deadline. I NEED a deadline.

Do you listen to the interminable Inner Critic? How do you keep him/her quiet?

I have a deal. I have to write a first draft without allowing that voice to be heard. After that it can say what it wants.

Quick tip for aspiring writers?

Write every day. It doesn’t matter what it is but do make sure it is every day.


Ben Hatch’s latest novel is called The P45 Diaries: How to get sacked from every job in Britain. Ben (who is actually writing this and pretending to be someone else) has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express among other newspapers. Previously he wrote Road to Rouen: A 10,000 mile journey in a cheese-filled Passat that was a Number One bestseller and Are We Nearly There Yet? 8,000 miles round Britain in a Vauxhall Astra, a BBC Radio 2 Book of the Year, and also a Number One bestseller.

Ben was born in London and grew up there, in Manchester and also in Buckinghamshire, where he lived in a windmill that meant he was called Windy Miller at school for years, though he’s not been scarred by this experience at all. He now lives in Brighton with his tiny wife Dinah, and two children, in a normal house. He likes cheese and is balding although he disguises this fact by spiking his hair to a great height to distract people he wishes to impress.
You can visit Ben Hatch on Facebook and Twitter @BenHatch

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