She started writing sitting at the window: just pen and paper. Nothing else. No laptop, her phone left in the kitchen and just peering up and out every so often. She said to herself ‘do not move until you have got 500 words, no cup of coffee until 2000’. Counting by hand was a hassle but she got here. Then she moved into the kitchen ignoring (amazingly) those three demanding texts and got into the zone. 500 words: stand and stretch. 500 words: stand and stretch. 5000 words and she’d have the soup that she was making. She’d show them.