"Just get into the habit of writing. The more you write the better you get." (Alex Wheatle) "Don't worry about who you're directing to, instead think about what enchants you and seduces you" (Barbara Trapido) "(Writing) involves such a degree of self-sufficiency and personal determination and such long periods of not having anyone validate you." (Edmund Conway) "It's like twisting a huge piece of metal into a different shape: you think you just don't have the strength, but then you find you do, especially if you do it bit by bit." (Esther Freud) "A lot of people who want to be writers don't want to do the writing. A lot of people don't realise how difficult it is to get published and make a living. You always find that you can do better. You have to keep experimenting." (Elizabeth Laird) "The only thing to do is write. There's no external criterion that determines whether you'