I’m currently judging the Ondaatje Prize and it’s great fun – much more interesting in a way than the usual judging I do, because it’s open to fiction and non-fiction and verse. When I’m not reading – and not doing housekeeping type writing – I am in the early stages of a new novel. I always forget how terrifying it is to push off into a new novel – but I always forget how very pleasant it feels to be right in another world and getting used to new people and just doing the thing that I really love.
I can’t get enough time to sink my teeth into it, but I do fight for a bit of space every day if I can – and if I get a whole day, I’m delighted. I think it’s important not to think of your own writing as a chore. Once you end up “doing it for money” you can find the fun drops out of the whole thing and it’s important to keep it around – with music playing in the background or good snacks or research trips or whatever keeps it fresh.
A.L. Kennedy at Word Factory:
A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 14 books: 6 novels, 5 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her most recent book All The Rage is a new collection of short stories published by Jonathan Cape in 2014. She is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film. She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and has a regular blog with The Guardian Online. You can visit A.L.Kennedy online at a-l-kennedy.co.uk.