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I was born and brought up in Edinburgh, where I went to James Gillespie’s High School, famous as the school where the author Muriel Spark was educated, and on which she based her most famous book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Almost all the teachers when I was there seemed to be wildly eccentric spinsters. There was one maths teacher who would climb into a cupboard at one end of the room, and reappear out from a cupboard door at the other end! Then there was Miss Dalgliesh. She was my teacher in Primary 5. She always wore a black teaching gown, and used to swoop round the room like a large, friendly rook. She had a stuffed tawny owl in her room, and if you were particularly good, you might be allowed to take it home for the night! She used
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Gill Arbuthnott I'm lucky in that it's not a frequent problem, but what I usually do is just make myself keep writing, even if I think I'm producing complete trash. Y…moreI'm lucky in that it's not a frequent problem, but what I usually do is just make myself keep writing, even if I think I'm producing complete trash. You acan always rewrite the trash - the hard bit is getting something down on paper first. And here's the other thing I do: because I write long hand on paper, if I get really stuck I go back a couple of pages and start copying it out and by the time I get to the sticking point, I've often built up enough momentum to get through it. This is also why I try to avoid stopping a writing session at a natural stop point, like the end of a chapter or even a scene - it's much easier to pick up from halfway through something than feel you are effectively starting again.(less)
Gill Arbuthnott Apart from the obvious dream-come-true thing of seeing your name on an actual book in an actual bookshop, it's definitely meeting or otherwise communi…moreApart from the obvious dream-come-true thing of seeing your name on an actual book in an actual bookshop, it's definitely meeting or otherwise communicating with readers. It's wonderful, of course, to hear that someone loved your book, but it's also fantastically useful, although scary, to find out what they didn't like about it. That's what helps you become a better writer next time round.(less)
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It’s always good to come home from holiday and find there’s something to distract you from the pile of washing, but it’s usually something very minor. Not this time… I’ve come home to news of listings for not one, but two book awards!

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