I’ve added a new weapon to my book-writing arsenal — a green pen. I was going through chapter one with a red pen again and I realised it would look a lot more optimistic if all the red markings were balanced by green markings representing ‘stuff I’m happy with’.

I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever actually finish the whole book, or if I’ll just be toying with chapter one for the rest of my life. I’d say it was almost finished, but then, I said that last time, and the time before too. At least now I can watch the green pen slowly overtaking the red pen — it gives the illusion of progress.

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