How I Write
Working practices described by writers.
The ideal writing day for me begins when I wake up naturally at eight o’clock. While I sip on a large cup of coffee I stare into space. This hour sets the tone for the day. About nine I eat some protein, cheese toast maybe. From nine to ten I go to the computer or, […]
I am a huge procrastinator unless I have a sudden inspiration that comes out of nowhere, I am in the middle of a project, or I have a routine such as a weekly column. Otherwise, I may not write a word for weeks at a time, and when I am determined to start again, it […]
Hemingway said ‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’ Well, perhaps it was easier when it was a typewriter. Now, first thing, I sit down and check my emails. Even if the obvious spam is sifted out, there are various spammish messages to distract me. Maybe […]
This fall I’ve been trying to start a new novel. I hate this stage and will do anything to avoid it. One morning I was actually thankful for the dead mouse smell in the basement, so that I could otherwise occupy myself for another three hours. It’s not just the fear of failure that keeps […]
I know I must be a writer because I have procrastinated writing this piece for weeks, promised myself that I’ll sit and properly cogitate it before I lay finger to keyboard, promised I’ll make a list of what I want to say, and yet here I am, throwing myself onto the page before I’ve had […]
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