I really enjoy getting a glimpse into how other people live their lives - like wandering history museums reading the placards or visiting people's homes - so this piece by The Outline really resonated with me.
Here's an excerpt from non-fiction writer, Deborah Baker:
What are your typical hours?
I get up at 6:15 a.m., swim at the Y if I'm in Brooklyn, or at the public pool if I'm in India. I'm generally at my desk by 8 a.m. and don't leave it again until about 6 p.m., except for a break for lunch or to reheat my coffee. Regular office hours.
What do you spend most of your workday doing?
These days it is fine tuning sentences or figuring out if I need to cut some details or re-arrange the order of sentences in which a paragraph unfolds. A month ago it was reframing entire chapters, moving stuff around, paying attention to the pace and asking myself whether, in this bit or that bit, I was expecting too much from the reader. Most of my job takes place in my head. To call this labor makes it sound grander than it is.
What do you find to be hardest part of your job?
If I was pressed to answer I would say that the hardest part for me of being a writer is finding a subject that will sustain my interest for the three or so years it takes to get from initial idea to complete manuscript, but also one which I feel I can convince other people (editors, readers) to be as engaged with as I am.
Authors: Rawiya Kameir, Khalila Douze, Ann-Derrick Gaillot