How does one make a life as a writer? So much about it is unknowable: How do you put words in the right order so that they reveal something essential, but not in an annoying way? How do you keep your tenses straight? How do you make money ? Do I need to have at least one grandparent who was a Rockefeller, or, failing that, at least a Pierpont Morgan? Only one aspect of making a living as a writer seems knowable: how writers schedule their days . As a young writer, I would study any scrap of information I could find about my idols' schedules, but I never found one I could fully copy, since none of the writers I admired also had to “attend college classes” or “work randomly scheduled shifts at Victoria's Secret.” As a result, there are some problems with the schedule I ultimately cultivated. For example, “brushing my teeth” is not explicitly built into it, so either I brush my teeth while I'm supposed to be doing something else or, if I'm working at home alone all day, I just don't do it until I go to bed. For this reason and for many others — I haven't won an Emmy yet, I don't have a Pulitzer, I've never even been longlisted for a National Book Award — I decided to try out famous writers' schedules and see if they didn't make my writing a little bit, you know, “better.” To find these schedules, […]
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