What is your writing routine?
I try to write in the morning very intensely, from 8:30 to 1 p.m. When I’m traveling, I can work from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Alone, I don’t sleep that well. I get a lot of work done in hotel rooms. The one solace for loneliness is work. I hand write and then I type. I don’t have a word processor. I write slowly.

Are you able to read when you are writing?

I read in the evening usually. I just got back from Europe, I was reading Jane Austen on the plane. I might just be reading anything … I never waste time. I don’t watch much television. To me, wasting time isn’t in my nature. I find it difficult to understand why people would people deliberately waste their time.

Do you ever do summer beach reading?

I’d rather take poison, I’d rather chew ground glass.


Joyce Carol Oates

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