A. L. Kennedy in the Guardian, being awesome again, this time on the subject of starting a new novel:
So, Best Beloveds, the New Novel. I’m calling it that in the frail hope that it will hear me and turn into one – at the moment it is, of course, the New Notebook Full Of Stuff and A Smattering of Early Paragraphs. A long project is, as you will realise, a massive and potentially ludicrous commitment of time and enthusiasm which could come apart in your hands at any moment, could promise wonders, cough twice and then turn into ashes and sand at the end of three years’ preparation and one year’s labour.
While you’re at it, read the whole series. It’ll be a good way to procrastinate.