“I’ve heard endless stories of young mothers rising at 5 a.m. to fit in a few hours of writing before the children were up, but I can barely make coffee at 5 a.m.  My productive hours are between 9 and 3, an elementary school schedule, once the only predictable part of my working day (unless one of the children got an ear infection and then all bets were off).  If I go out for lunch and interrupt my rhythm, I’m sunk.  I think that all of those lunches were what diminished Truman Capote’s output.”

Anna Quindlen, “The Agony of Writing,” in the WSJ’s “Word Craft” column.  The Wall Street Journal, April 21-22, 2012, C12.