“I realized that I was going to have to get up at five in the morning if I wanted to write fiction. It took a while, the alarm would go off and I’d roll over. Finally I started to get up and go into the living room and sit at the coffee table with a yellow pad and try to write two pages. I made a rule that I had to get something down on paper before I could put the water on for the coffee. Know where you’re going and then put the water on. That seemed to work because I did it for most of the fifties.” – Elmore Leonard from The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
I don’t write on a yellow pad and I make sure the coffee is at least percolating while I’m tapping away. But it’s nice to know I’m in good company. I picture Elmore sitting across from me at the dining room table, occasionally peering over his newspaper to make sure I’m working.