One of the things that was really interesting was the fear of page 65! The extract is below:-
Britain's most successful crime writer, Ian Rankin, let the BBC follow him from the beginning as he put together his latest novel. Rankin, the creator of the phenomenally successful Edinburgh detective Rebus, writes one book a year - starting the process by looking for ideas in a green folder full of scraps of paper.
By the end of the first month "the fear" has arrived.
It is hard to believe that an author who has topped the bestsellers' list for the past 15 years would have concerns but Ian Rankin worries that what he has written so far is "not very good".
His wife Miranda Harvey, who says she knows to keep out of Rankin's way when he is writing, takes this opportunity to remind him that this happens every time.
She says: "We always talk about the 65-page pause, where he has poured on to the page all of the things he has thought about and rehearsed.
"All his ideas are down in black and white and then he runs out of steam and he's always saying 'it's going really badly'.
"I say: 'oh, yes, page 65'."
Interesting - and he did talk a great deal about fear when writing. He repeatedly said that he quite often didn't know where his books were going until he'd completed a section and I can empathise with that but back to poetry. In spite of a rather negative attitude on the axing of a BBC Scotland programme and his favourite presenter he penned the following poem:-
There is a dynamism related to writing
Like the drive experienced from repeated adrenaline rushes
Takes over your life and pleads for attention
It’s ok really not threatening in any way
The result of countless previous encounters
Happy to revisit
I can maintain the balance – I can
There have been no ill side effects so far
I don’t know what the future will bring
There it is again – the adrenaline
©David L Atkinson August 2012