Hi again. You’re not interested in the word counts anymore?

I am less interested than once I was. I suspect this is because when I was beginning to write books, I was always looking for signs that I was on the right track. The more books I’ve written, the more confidence I have that the length of the book will be revealed by the story itself.

Evening. I’m looking at writing a story and I think it’d be about the same size as elsewhere. I’m just wondering if you could tell me how many words it is? Thanks so much. Amazing book.

Thank you! Elsewhere is around 61,000 words, as I recall. I, too, used to be interested in the word counts of comparable books when I was starting to write novels. 

Hi I’m a major fan of your book elsewhere (it made me want to be a writer from a young age) and I only just found out you had loads of social media pages (from wordpress- ahaha). I was just wondering if you had any advice for want-to-be-writers? Thank you for writing such awesome books that have really changed me :)

Thank you! I don’t know that I have much advice beyond the usual: read a lot; write a lot, etc. The one other thing I might mention is that one should never be afraid NOT TO WRITE. Thinking — about books, about your goals for your writing, about the kind of story you’d like to tell and the way you’d like to tell it — is for me at least an important part of the process.

Saturday Wisdom: My favorite writing quote is by Samuel Beckett though it is not technically a quote about writing.The quote is from a prose piece called Worstward Ho: Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Rarely a day goes by when I have not thought of that quote upon sitting down at my desk to write.