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My Writing day OMAR EL AKKAD

The journalist and author needs lots of thinking time before he starts to write, he tells Lynne Hackles


‘I do most of my writing before I start writing,’ says Omar El Akkad, an award-winning journalist and author. ‘The process of putting words on paper is secondary. What I really need is time to sit alone and think. I do this best when I’m lying in bed, taking a shower or going on a long drive. Every morning, when other obligations don’t get in the way, I’ll lie in bed for as long as I can, until I stumble onto an idea, a narrative direction or even a sentence I think is good. Later, I’ll do the same thing in the shower. By the time I sit down to write, I already have something to start with.

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