I tend to keep it structured. The ideal day is, I wake up—my partner knows to not talk to me—and I generally get to work by like 6 a.m. and then I’m done at 11 a.m. or noon. Then, I get to have a life. When I keep that schedule, I’m happier.

Often it’s not very productive. Sometimes I’m reading 10 pages of a book, putting it down and writing something, reading 30 pages of a different book, doing push-ups, staring off. It’s not always like I’m sitting there hammering away at the keyboard. I don’t think anybody has six hours every day of their life full of good things that they need to share with other people. A lot of it is waiting or sorting things out, or letting things come to you slowly.

Catherine Lacey
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