I need about six hours uninterrupted time in order to produce about two hours of writing.
-- Robert B. Parker
The writing world lost one of it's own on Monday. Robert B. Parker died while writing his latest Spenser adventure.
I imagine he's grinning a little grin about where he died. I hope so. I think many of us probably smiled when we first heard it.
I've read a ton of Parker's books over the years. I enjoy his sparse style, his wry humour and his unique characters. Spenser, Sunny, Jesse. They've all become quite real to me.
I love Parker's quote above. I can't even imagine 6 hours of uninterrupted time, but I totally agree with the quote anyway! Writing is so much more difficult than "outsiders" usually imagine - maybe this quote will give them a little insight.
Here's another one of my favourite Parker quotes:
I had achieved the most important things in my life when I married Joan and had the sons. Given the choice between Joan and the boys, and being a writer, I world give up being a writer without a blink.
Life is to be lived - and then written about! It needs to be lived first. As writers, we have to remember the important things in our lives - family, friends & the rest of the real world. It's easy to disappear into our private worlds, but I'm afraid our written worlds won't be very interesting if we stay there. I think Parker would agree.