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Joanne Harris: Writing requires industry and inspiration

8th April 2010

Author Joanne Harris has revealed the secret behind crafting novels such as Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange.

Speaking to the Metro, the 45-year-old said that waiting around for inspiration is never the best way to work on a novel, as creativity only strikes sporadically.

'Inspiration is only one part of writing - you don't have it all the time, so it's important to learn how to write on the days you aren't inspired, too,' she explained.

Harris added that she does not have any 'rituals' when working, but told the newspaper that she prefers to start writing at around five in the morning and continue for a few hours.

The novelist also said that she has written fiction since she was a child but it took her a long time to land her first book deal, as she tends to write about subjects which are not in fashion.

In a recent interview with Scotland on Sunday, Harris revealed that she wrote latest novel Blueeyedboy out of sequence to ensure the story was a mystery even to her.

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