Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Daily Routine

Could you write on the bottom of a shoe while riding on a train like Robert Frost? Could you write on an airplane?

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As a young author taking care of three small children, Munro learned to write in the slivers of time she had, churning out stories during children's nap times, in between feedings, as dinners baked in the oven. It took her nearly twenty years to put together the stories for her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 when Munro was thirty-seven.

2 comments:

LoveandSalt said...

I rather prefer Charles Darwin's schedule. He never did anything, except work a couple hours a day at his desk. It appear he had no work, domestic, or social responsibilities.

I may go live in the woods...

Pam Hart said...

" The difficulty for me in writing--among the difficulties--is to write language that can work quietly on a page for a reader who doesn't hear anything. Now for that, one has to work very carefully with what is in between the words. What is not said. Which is measure, which is rhythm, and so on."
I like what Toni Morrison says here. Great site! Thanks for the headsup.