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250 words a day

19 May 2008

'I try to write so much a day. I set myself a small target, ie to write for an hour or perhaps 250 words and not to do anything else. You find once you start that you've written for hours or 1,000 words. I have to con myself into that really.'

Is historical fiction escapism? 'For me, no, inasmuch as all fiction is escapism really. I've always loved (historical fiction) since I was very small. It was a way of discovering things that I didn't know about, a way of entering into people's lives that were unknowable in any other way.'

Celia Rees, author of Sovay in the Bookseller