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Writing non-fiction II. And then let it lie, sometimes for months, or even longer.

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Before focusing on creative fiction, you were employed as a science journalist. How difficult was the move from formulaic journalism to the creative sphere and what informed the decision? I blame Ali Smith!

I went for the first time on an Arvon residential writing course in , in great part to meet her, one of my favourite writers and one of the reasons I started writing short stories. Give up your day job. I do miss journalism, though — I met such interesting people who were excited about their research, their new technologies, and were always grateful that I wanted to know about it and pass it on.

Which genre short story, flash fiction, poetry etc do you prefer to write in and why? Do you feel that the genres work on each other or influence your writing process? I love them all, the passion for each is different, they feed me in different ways.

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Flash fiction I often write quite fast and what emerges tends to be very surreal; short stories can take a great deal longer and I now know, after many years of screwing it all up, when to stop and wait for the next part of the story to come, rather than force it. Poetry has become a joyous way for me to document more directly what I see and feel, what is happening around me, as well as using the shape of words on the page as additional effects, and poetry I write aloud, whereas prose needs my fingers moving on the page or keyboard.

Where do you find inspiration for your work and what is your process for generating ideas? I find inspiration everywhere, far too much for me to ever use it all.

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The way I work changes all the time. Science often gives me a way in.

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I also like to collide ideas — I have a poem that resulted from a collision of two articles I had read, one from New Scientist and one from the New Yorker. But the thrill of trying a new form is something I highly recommend, to shake yourself up, to renew.