chapter  12
18 Pages


At the start of this book I gave a lengthy list of writers’ working routines,since when I’ve found out that John Steinbeck wrote his novels mainly in pencil, a page a day, and didn’t correct or rewrite them until he had a complete draft, and that Mark Twain was another author who did much of his writing in bed, and that Thomas Mann kept to a strict regime of writing every day from nine until one, and that William Trevor will begin work at 7.20 each morning, and take coffee at nine, then attempt one more hour before he stops for the day . . . My list, in other words, might have been a lot lengthier still.