How Published Writers Make Time To Write
Published January 20, 2014 by Mary McShane
Finding time to write in our busy world is becoming harder and harder.
If you have a job, writing time comes in second.
If you have a family, it gets pushed back behind them in line.
If you have other obligations, writing seriously takes a back seat.
How do you make time to do the one thing you love to do when you have so many other obligations?
Here's what published writers have to say about how they allocate time out of their day to write and some advice for aspiring writers.
John Grisham: Author Of A Time To Kill
John Grisham was a busy lawyer by day and vowed to write one page a day to get his first novel written. A Time To Kill was not a success. His second book, The Firm, was.
In this interview, he gives aspiring writers practical advice.
John Grisham - Write Every Day
Jacob Tomsky: Author Of Heads In Bed
Jacob Tomsky is the author of "Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality". He worked his way from the parking garage to management in the hotel industry. His book gives an insider the view of what goes on in hotels. Biographile published an interview upon the publication of his book.
His 30 second clip gives advice to writers.
Advice From Jacob Tomsky
Stephen King's Opening Sentence Strategy
Stephen King shares his all time favorite opening lines, how he writes them so the reader wants to open the book and read the story.
Stephen King - From Short Stories To Novels
Peter Heller: Author Of The Dog Stars
Peter Heller says he has been writing since he was six years old. But in this interview, he says he finds it hard to sit at a desk and put in hours to write.
Peter Heller - Always Stop In The Middle Of A Project
Phillipa Gregory: Author Of That Boleyn Girl
Phillipa Gregory wrote her first book while waiting to get hired as an academic lecturer. When it was a bestseller, she decided she would try writing for awhile instead. That was 30 years ago. Here's more of her interview talking about how she writes.
Advice From Phillipa Gregory
Ian McEwan: Author Of Atonement
Ian McEwan is considered one of Britain's greatest living writers. He wrote an essay "When I Stop Believing In Fiction" and was interviewed about it and more here.
Ian McEwan - His Environment & Schedule
Bill O'Reilly: Author Of Killing Jesus: A History
Bill O'Reilly often finds himself in hot water when he speaks his mind on national television. With the publication of his new book, what he says in interviews has made news again. In this interview, he says his book "Killing Jesus: A History" wasn't written solely by him.
Bill O'Reilly - Writing Question From A Viewer
Writing Tips, Best Sellers, 100 Greatest Books Of All Time
- Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | Open Culture
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.
- tips | Daniel Dalton
Five writers who died in the past year.
- Best Sellers - The New York Times
January 20, 2014 best sellers list. News for authors, fiction & non-fiction, literature, biographies, memoirs, children's books, science fiction & self-help.
- The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list | Books | The Observer
Take a look at the 100 greatest novels of all time
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
- What am I trying to say?
- What words will express it?
- What image or idiom will make it clearer?
- Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
--- George Orwell (1903 - 1950), "Politics and the English Language", 1946
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