Getting it done

Cory Doctorow on writing in an age of distraction

I particularly like the first rule: Set a modest, daily goal and don’t fail to meet it. 20 minutes a day adds up.


28 thoughts on “Getting it done

  1. Flavio Carrillo: Gail Carriger likes to do 2k words a day, no ifs ands or buts. That’s pretty similar to Doctorow. Charlie Stross seems to go on crazy writing binges and will churn out huge amounts in short stretches and then work in downtime when he travels.They are both full time pros though (and making decent to good money at it, presumably. Carriger is a NYT bestseller at least.) How you find the time and psychic energy to work in a novel or two between your day job and everything else boggles me. Don’t know how you do it, that must be your superpower. The psychic energy may be the harder part. via


  2. Ellis Booker: +Flavio Carrillo I’d argue that nonfiction writing is a calling, not a choice. In other words, no rational person would choose this as a pastime, given the tiny chance of recognition/financial success, coupled with the emotional energy required, not to mention the toll of the inevitable criticism of one’s creative output. And what if you have the calling but lack talent? ” All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing… and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn’t want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?” —Salieri, “Amadeus” via


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