Write at least every other day. It doesn’t have to be pages. Capture the sound of wet leaves squelching as you walk up your drive, or how it feels to be interrupted in the middle of replacing your ink cartridges by some youth selling tea towels.

Keep several notebooks. One by the bedside for when you wake up with an idea. Another within reach of the television as a distraction from Downton. And, essentially, one within grasp on trains and in coffee shops.

Enter a writing competition in 2015. Even if you don’t win or get placed, it will push you to get words down on paper.

May 2015 be the year it all happens…