Still laid up with a nasty bug, too headachey to write, I find myself reading about the routines of famous writers. None of them seem to have the dreary daily Must-Dos that plague most of us, we more mundane scribblers. Kerouac, of course, had his mother to deal with, but Murakami doesn’t seem to have anything else to deal with in his day apart from writing and running. Virginia Woolf (and all her Bloomsbury ilk) are just plain annoying.
Henry Miller doesn’t offer schedules, just good advice: work on one thing at a time until finished (Oh, if only…!) and ‘Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.’ See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.’ – Which seems to me the best advice of all.
Perhaps more pertinent to the modern writer, are the wise words of Iain Broome: If you don’t have the time, you don’t have the time. Iain is the author of A is for Angelica (which I reviewed a few months back. He turns out a mean regular podcast, which you should definitely subscribe to if you don’t already. As always, just click on the pic.)