Why do you write? 

Because my head gets full of stories and it’s the only way to sleep at night.

How did you come to writing?

I loved stories so much that it was an obvious progression.

What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them?

Being terrible at writing was a pretty big obstacle. I overcame it by writing a lot and reading a lot until I got better at it.

How do you keep yourself motivated and disciplined?

Writing is my “most important task” so it gets scheduled in my weekly planner before anything else.

How do you manage your writing time with everything else you do? How has that changed from when you were starting out?

The internet is the big change. Such a distraction. I employ a program called “freedom”, which locks me out of the internet for specified times. It’s like outsourcing my willpower.

Where do you write? How do you arrange your working space?

I write in a corner of my bedroom. I keep it very tidy.

What are your essential writing tools?

My senses of curiosity and wonder, and a great deal of stylish stationery.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known when you were starting out as a writer?

That you know nothing until after about your fifth or sixth published book, and even then the job can still surprise you.

What do you read and how do you read as a writer?

I read a lot of nonfiction. Reading fiction makes me wish I was writing.

How do you overcome ‘writer’s block’?

No. Such. Thing.

What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read a lot and write a lot. There is no other way.

 

 

Kim Wilkins is the author of 27 novels, and is published in 20 languages. She lives in Brisbane where she teaches writing at The University of Queensland.

 

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