“The art of writing is the application of the seat of the trousers to the seat of the chair.”
The advice came from Sir Ted Willis (the most successful television writer in Britain) and what it means is just that you’re not working unless you’re working. If you’re thinking of ideas, you’re not working. You’re only working when you’re writing them down.
BBC Culture journalist Hephzibah Anderson interviewed prolific best-selling author Ken Follett during a special programme recorded live at the Frankfurt Book Fair.