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January 05, 2022


Jason Goroncy

Thanks for this post, Jim. It reminded me of this interview with the Australian writer/journalist Leigh Sales, and her exchange with her friend Annabel Crabb:

I was actually with my friend Annabel Crabb one day and we were filming a little series that we did for the ABC called When I Get a Minute, and when the crew would be positioning lights or moving things around, she would pull out her laptop and start writing on whatever it was that she was working on at the time. And I said to her, ‘Oh, how are you doing this? How are you splitting your head from what we're shooting and then you writing for like 10 or 15 minutes at a time and then putting it away and then filming and then writing again?’ I said, ‘I could never do that. When I did my book I had to...’

And Crabb said, ‘Oh, get over yourself’. [Laughter] She said, ‘How do you think you'll ever write another book if you don't do it in tiny chunks, like I’m doing it right now? You've got two small children, you've got a massive job. If you ever want to write something again, this is how you'll have to do it.’


I trust you are well.


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