I am preparing to make a major change in my life. I’ve been thinking about it for over a year. I’ve been imagining what my new life will look like.
In my reading, I came across two books that prompted further research on the topic of What Does a Full-time Author’s Life Look Like?
The first one I read was Hemmingway’s A Moveable Feast. This was non-fiction. Then, as I was re-reading an old favorite, In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel, I realized the heroine of this novel was a full-time author. Both books mentioned the writing schedule.
So I Googled/Goodreads-ed “books about writers” to see what I could glean. The answer: not much.
I read: The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler); Swimming Home (Deborah Levy); Cakes and Ale (Somerset Maugham). Not what I was looking for. Then I re-read other books on my shelf and stumbled across more authors mentioning their writing schedules: Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence; Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes. John Mortimer writes a novelist character in Paradise Postponed. The World According to Garp (John Irving). And of course Stephen King’s On Writing, The Shining, and Bag of Bones. I waded through The Brontes by Juliet Baker, which was a mistake because I’m looking for glimpses of a writing life, not an analysis of one.