I'm old-fashioned in the way I write, with pen
and paper. Typing on computer is too distracting for me, I'm always
conscious of the screen and keyboard. Writing by hand I can do without
thinking about it. Also, I like to scribble all over the page, with
different versions and insertions and arrows and stuff. But when
I've got a couple of paragraphs settled, say ten or twenty lines,
I go and type them up on the computer. Which sort of finalises them
and leaves them behind.
When I'm into the actual writing, I often hit
a wall about twenty or thirty pages in. I was very sure about the
opening dramatic scenes but beyond them, suddenly, there
too many possible ways of playing the next developments. This is
the stage where the novel shows its full size I don't panic
about it any more, because I expect it.
The sheer joy of writing is towards the end
provided I've done the setting-up right. Then events unfold
by themselves up to and into the climax. The downhill charge, as
the gigantic beast heads home! It's exhilerating, a total high,
and I wouldn't swap it for anything.