A Writer’s Survival Guide

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At a past Slice conference Francine Prose explained how she balanced writing with motherhood: from the time her sons boarded the school bus to the time they returned, she wrote. Junot Díaz told the Wall Street Journal that he sometimes writes sitting on the edge of the tub: “My ex would always know I was going to write because I would grab a notebook and run into the bathroom.” Balancing writing with the rest of life is often so overwhelming, it can seem that those who succeed know a secret the rest of us missed. Whether we are parents, students, employees, or just plain procrastinators (or a combination of these roles), it’s often a constant struggle to find the time and the right place to write. So, how does the writing ever get done? A group of authors reveals how they manage to block out time for their work without compromising other life essentials. Glean tips on how to find time in overcrowded schedules and how to optimize productivity when you do steal those precious moments for your work.

Moderated by Marcela Landres

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