I’ve been out of touch here in the last few weeks because my obsession with getting through this next book has taken over completely. Apologies for that. Not only have I been absent here, but I’ve been absent in Budapest as well, all my time engaged with this laptop in the living room, or, on good days, in the garden.

So I thought I’d pop in with a quick object lesson on second drafts.

I don’t actually work in full-sized drafts. I write X-number of pages, read over them with complete disappointment, then work on them until I can bear the sight of them again. So my drafts are fragmentary until the whole thing is done.