The Daily Grind – Stella Whitelaw
My work space
I work at an oval dining room table. It’s vacated on Christmas Day. It’s jam-packed with papers and reference books as I write both books and short stories.
Take a closer look
There’s a long view of tree-filled garden leading down to a stream. Look carefully and you’ll see a pheasant. Spot Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp photos on the cork board – also my cat snoozing in the filing tray. Watercolour on the wall is a story illustration.
How long do you write for each day?
I write in the morning and the evening. Since recent major surgery, I need to chill out in the afternoon.
How many words do you aim to get down?
I aim to write 1,000 words a day. On a good day, I’ll carry on and write more.
Longhand or straight-to-screen?
I write straight to the screen, but long-hand on a train. I never waste a journey.
Do you have a time when you’re most productive?
An internet connection – good or bad when you’re writing?
I have two computers in different rooms. I do a lot of walking. The one with internet, email etc often has hiccups. My writing computer never touches the outside world and it is wonderful.
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