Why do you write? 

Morbid curiosity.

How did you come to writing?

It came to me. I am, it seems, a word magnet.

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

Self-doubt and therapy.

How do you keep yourself motivated and disciplined?

I have bad habits to feed – buying records, rent, eating, that sort of thing.

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

By leaving most things until the last minute. It’s served me well over the years.

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

At my desk, on my couch, in bed. Sometimes in a cafe, but that requires pants.

What are your essential writing tools?

Caffeine and computer.

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

That I wasn’t bad at it.

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

Newspapers, crossly.

How do you overcome ‘writer’s block’?

By writing.

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

Motivation follows action – not the other way around.

Andrew Stafford is an Australian author (Pig City: UQP, 2004, reissued in a third edition in 2014), and freelance journalist (The Age, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, The Bulletin and others).

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