July 31, 2009
I’m still working on Newsweek’s Trollope recommendation, and I love this bit of Trollope trivia:
Trollope wrote for two and a half hours each morning before he went to work as a clerk in the British Postal Department. The schedule was ironclad. If he was in mid-sentence when the two and a half hours expired, he left that sentence unfinished until the next morning. And if he happened to finish one of his six-hundred-page heavyweights with fifteen minutes of the session remaining, he wrote “The End,” set the manuscript aside, and began work on the next book.
Wow. Routine and discipline seems to be the key to so much.
(Via Molly Young.)