Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Screenwriter and bestselling author of 'The Honourable Thief', 'The Water Diviner', and 'The Pacific: In the Footsteps of Captain Cook.'

Want to know the secret of writing a book? Just. Do. It.

Case in point. Saturday morning. Trackside as my son warms up – in the rain – for a high jump competition. And me? Tapping away on the laptop in the backseat of the car, planning the next novel to embark on after The Emerald Tablet is released in June this year with Pan Macmillan. Some of my best work has been done in the car while I wait for the kids to finish sport training. Seriously!

If you wait for that perfect stretch of uninterrupted time to write, the reality is that it will never happen. And if, miracle of miracles, the horizon clears and you do find yourself in the enviable position of having a day or two to work on your story, likelihood is that the task will prove too daunting and you’ll find ten thousand far more important things you should be doing with your time… rearranging your sock drawer… cleaning the lint out of the dryer… trimming the dog’s nails… Speaking from personal experience, here!

So, don’t put it off. The more you write, the easier it will be. Even if you end up tossing out 90% of what you do because when you read back over it you realise it was unadulterated garbage!

The blank page is a terrifying thing. So put some words on it.

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