How I Write

I write on a computer, generally in the morning, for about three hours. I write about 800 words if I am very lucky, occasionally more if it’s whizzing along. Less if it isn’t.



I sit there looking at it even if it isn’t working because perseverance is the name of the game. I write one draft, very slowly and carefully and hate rewriting. I do far more thinking than writing, mostly in bed in the middle of the night or before I get up. I don’t make any notes at all, save dates and names, it is all in my head. I know the story before I begin to write, especially the ending, although I have tried writing and making it up as I go along, but it doesn’t work for me.

Editors make me rewrite sometimes which I do with very bad grace but I admit later they might have improved it.

I use initials in my name as some of my early books were for boys’ adventure stories written in instalments for “Scout” magazine. I didn’t think boys would read books written by Kathleen.