It’s funny because it’s true. It’s funny because it’s infuriating. And it’s funny because sometimes if I didn’t laugh about this, I’d cry.
I can find more ways to interrupt a writing day than I can for just about any other kind of day, except maybe bill-paying day. The question is why? I don’t dislike writing. I love it! I love getting so deeply involved in the process that I forget the concept of time and exist only in the made up world of my story.
Fighting distraction, beating writer’s block, putting aside our fears … these are some of the challenges we face every time we sit down to write, so reading Elspeth’s post on a typical writing day is not only funny, it’s comforting.
Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out, ‘Is he as crazy as I am?’ I don’t need that question answered.
Mr. Roth may not need that question answered. I suppose I don’t need it answered either, but it’s encouraging to know I’m not the only crazy one.