How I Write

I am still reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and still working on my own new novel THE PRINCE, an action adventure set in an International School in Dakar. Today I reached 12,500 words, which is about a quarter of the way into the book. Each day at 9am I go to the library, sit at the same desk, and write 1,500 words. I stop at noon and go outside to eat my packed lunch. Then I go back in and carry on till 4 or 5. While I write I listen to one of two albums on my headphones: Alice by Tom Waits or Vagabond by Spiers and Boden. The two albums are very different styles of music, but they’re both about storytelling, love and death. I find them inspiring, even after a thousand listens.

Here is something else I found inspiring today – a well-conceived and very personal video by Mark Rober of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked on the Curiosity Rover for the last 7 years of his life, and finally got to see the culmination of all that work. Watch and enjoy…

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Stephen Davies

Children's author: picture books, chapter books and YA novels

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