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A Little Is Enough

No time to write…?


Then, you really should read today’s re-blog :-)

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He’ll work on his book after this shot

At the Postgraduate Writing Conference at the Vermont College of Fine Arts earlier this month, Andre Dubus III talked about his writing practice after his three children were born, when he was writing House of Sand and Fog. He and his wife both worked full time, and the hours outside work focused on parenting. He taught as an adjunct at several schools and picked up construction work on the side. How did he write?

Seventeen minutes at a time.

Each morning, he started his morning commute twenty minutes early. Each night, he came home twenty minutes late. At first he pulled into an apartment complex parking lot and wrote in the car, but after ten days someone called the police to check on him. Fortunately, he knew the officer. Dubus relocated to a nearby cemetery. It was quiet. Usually empty of…

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2 responses to “A Little Is Enough

  1. Jane Watson April 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    This is very very inspiring…..thanks for re-blogging it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Alexander M Zoltai April 21, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    You’re more than welcome, Jane.

    Most of my re-blogs are quite valuable—this one is Gold :-)


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