by Heather Moore
Once you've published a novel, one of the most common questions you'll receive is, "How do you find the time?"
Of course, as writers, we know what we've given up. Number one: sleep.
I've set my alarm many times at 4 a.m., or stayed up way too late . . .
But don't worry, we're not alone. On a recent television interview, Stephenie Meyer said she was very nocturnal when writing her first novel. It can be frustrating when you are deep into a scene and your thoughts are spilling out faster then you can write and . . . the phone rings . . . or someone says "Mo-oo-om!"
Stephen King writes 2,000 words a day. Mary Higgins Clark starts at 5 a.m. and sometimes keeps going until midnight. Patricia Cornwell puts in 14 hour days when she's working on a new book. Danielle Steele? 18-hour days. Isaac Asmimov--16 hour days. (Writer's Digest, May 2005)
Talk about dedication. I'm feeling like a procrastinator right now. But I'm interested in what works for you. What are your writing habits?