on Helping Writers become Authors:
Should writers make it a habit to write every day? Is that the secret to success? Is that what distinguishes “real” writers?
I used to think so. Often, when someone would ask me for my single recommendation for other writers, my go-to response was to reiterate some form of the advice from Peter de Vries that I’d had tacked above my desk for almost as long as I’d been writing:
I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.
I’ve dabbled in writing ever since I was a kid, but as soon as I got serious, around the time I finished high school, I started making writing a rock-solid part of my daily schedule. For many years, my writing time was firmly 4–6PM every afternoon, and Lord help anyone who interrupted that sacrosanct time. Usually, it…
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