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My Writing day CJ SKUSE

The YA author needs a deadline to get things done, she tells Lynne Hackles

‘I ’m a bad girl,’ says CJ Skuse. ‘I’m not disciplined enough to write to strict hours. It’s like that old quote – “I don’t need time, what I need is a deadline”. When I’m on a deadline I can get organised very quickly otherwise it’s incredibly difficult to remain focused. In an ideal world, I’d write during the week from 11 until about 3 then have evenings and weekends off. But it’s not an ideal world and I often end up writing when I go to bed. Even though I’m tired, the best ideas really do wake up right then. By morning though, they’re gone.

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