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Jo Baker

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Jo Baker is the author of six novels, most recently Longbourn and A Country Road, A Tree. She has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies. She lives in Lancaster, England, with her husband, the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, and their two children.

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Jo Baker it goes in phases - a wide historical reading, to set the work in context for the period, and then detail to do with the specific story and…moreit goes in phases - a wide historical reading, to set the work in context for the period, and then detail to do with the specific story and characters. And then afterwards, once you've got a draft the story written, you then have to go and research all the stuff that it turns out you'll need to know, but didn't realise you needed to know until you'd written the story. Like how to make a phonecall in the 1940s, or what meals were served and at what time of day in the 1800s...
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Jo Baker I hadn't thought of it as being spiritual itself, but I do see that the practice of writing has similarities with spiritual practices - there's a…moreI hadn't thought of it as being spiritual itself, but I do see that the practice of writing has similarities with spiritual practices - there's a ritual element, and an inner focus, and one steps aside from the every day. It certainly has a meditative effect for me - it lets the murk settle out, and things feel much clearer afterwards. (less)
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If I knew how to insert a photo into a blog post, I'd take a snap of my hand in its ugly 'flesh' coloured splint (nobody's flesh is really that colour). I have an RSI flare up. Sometimes it's okay, sometimes it's so sore it makes me feel like I'm going to throw up. Too much writing perched in awkward places and never enough rest.

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“Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew, because someone was kind.”
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