“The most important thing a writer can do after completing a sentence is to stay in the room. The great temptation is to leave the room to celebrate the completion of the sentence or to go out in the den where the television lies like a dormant monster and rest up for a few days for the next sentence or to go wander the seductive possibilities of the kitchen."
GUILTY! I left my desk to make a rhubarb strawberry cobbler from scratch the moment the idea for my book on clouds landed in my lap.
“…I will just say that the Internet is the enemy of the writer’s day. The Internet is a heaping helping of what everyone else is thinking—and right this minute. If you open your e-mail, you are asking to let go of the day. I don’t want to belabor this obvious point, but we have welcomed this convenience right onto the very screens where we are writing stories, and e-mail is not a friend to the writer.”
NOT GUILTY! I have removed Internet connectivity from my laptop, though I do take breaks to use the Internet throughout the day.
“No one among us suffers the radical appreciation for coffee that I do. It calls to me, but I have learned not to listen. All the valuable writing I’ve done in the last ten years has been done in the first twenty minutes after the first time I’ve wanted to leave the room…I look up from the page or the screen and I think, hey, I want some coffee. There’s my cup right there, just like yours, half full of cold coffee, and I’d like a cup of coffee….after I begin to stick it out, to stay in the room, when I did finally close down the section or find a place past the tough going where I could stop, the coffee tasted so much better than it ever had before. It was then that I began to see how good coffee could be.”