Stephanie’s character in The Science of Sleep has a lot to teach me.

She does art not to be famous or brilliant. Not to impress anyone.

Instead, she does art because it’s fun. She does art for herself and she doesn’t care if no-one else ever sees it.

She makes boats out of felt, and then water out of cellophane, and a forest which grows in the felt boat.

It is this sort of playfulness and enjoyment which fame destroys. Since I tasted success with my writing, I’ve cared too much about it being brilliant.