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Joan Didion creates for herself a kind of incubation period for ideas, articulated in this 1968 interview: I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. I can’t do it late in the afternoon because I’m too close to it. Also, the drink helps. It removes me from the pages. So I spend this hour taking things out and putting other things in.
a writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude.... and then finds endless ways to squander it.
This is my philosophy about writing beauty columns for #BuffaloMagazine. Like the time I wrote about going to #BiggestLoserResortNiagara in Java Center, NY. We worked out for four hours a day on a 1500 calorie diet. That was painful and rewarding.
The energy of writing is so intense and internal, it sometimes makes you feel like you’re going to crumple. A lot of it happens invisibly. When you’re sitting at your desk, it looks like you’re just sitting there, doing nothing.