One No-Fail Writer's Routine

January 21, 2015 7:40 PM

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I love reading about the routines of famous writers. Franz Kafka, for instance, rarely started his writing day before 11 p.m., and then only wrote for an hour or two. He was urged by others not to be such a "waster of time" and to reorganize his day. But his routine suited him fine, and so it stuck. It got me thinking about my own routine.

First thing in the morning, I sit at my computer and edit yesterday's work. This makes me happy. I love to edit. I liken it to decorating. The house is built, the walls are up, the place is painted, and now it's time to hang some art and move some furniture around. Sometimes the furniture is clunky,...

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