Excerpted from J. G. Ballard, 'How I Write', in The Times 19 September 2000:
'I tend to write about one novel every three years. When I finish one I have a fallow period where I just jot down ideas, write short stories, and think that could take a year.
'I've never suffered from writer's block. I have plenty of ideas, sometimes too many. I've always had a strong imagination. If it dries up I'll stop and look for another career. But I wouldn't recommend writing. You can be a successful writer and never meet another soul. I'm not sure that's a good thing.'