Burning Question: How do you find time to write?
During the day, Jonathan Franzen writes in a dark windowless basement on an old computer with no internet connection.
During the evening, Tillie Olson wrote in a laundry room in between ironing shirts.
I have written in a notebook during my train ride into work, on the back of an envelope while I was waiting at the doctor’s office, on a computer while my kids were napping in the room next door, their sighs and gurgles on the baby monitor providing occasional punctuation.
I built every novel I have ever written in tiny snatches of time, not large blocks of it. Half an hour here. An hour there. Even if all I write is one good sentence, that’s an accomplishment. And that’s how everything is written: one sentence, one paragraph, one chapter at a time.
I have friends who write in journals every morning, friends who scribble on index cards during their lunch breaks. Anyone who finds time to walk their dog, run on a treadmill, eat dessert, lay on a beach, bake a pie, or play a hand of poker can find time to write. But anyone who finds themselves continually asking about the how, the when, the where of writing . . . . really needs to look deep in their heart and make sure there is a why.
Where there’s a why, there’s a way.
Kelly Simmons is the author of Standing Still (Simon & Schuster) and coming in February, The Bird House. Learn more at www.bykellysimmons.com Kelly’s post is part of an ongoing series in which Liars each chime in on a burning question about publishing. She is also a very responsible tweeter and a good facebook friend to have.