‘The first draft is just you telling yourself the story,’ according to Terry Pratchett. Ernest Hemingway said, ‘The first draft of anything is shit.’ While Stephen King believes a first draft ‘should take no more than three months’.
At last night’s Bafta TV awards there was a call for equal representation for actresses (ERA 50:50). Women make up half the population and should be equally visible in the media. Similarly, women authors get a bum deal in the book pages of the mainstream media, as shown above in my brief survey. Bottom of the class was the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times was slightly better and even though the Guardian comes top, there is still much room for improvement.