“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.


8 thoughts on “Percolating

  1. I did that too for a lot of years, and it really helped me pump up my discipline chops. Plus it’s really quiet that early in the morning. Something pretty cool about it. Believe it or not, you can actually get a lot done!

    1. I really have learned to enjoy it, once I get past the first couple minutes of pulling myself out of bed. I don’t think I’d get much done for myself without those quiet hours.

  2. Excellent image, Phillip. I loved Elmore Leonard’s work.

    1. I do exactly the same thing, except I picture Elmo.

      1. Haha! TIckle Me Elmo, so I don’t fall asleep…

    2. Thanks John. Me too!

  3. If we wait for motivation or inspiration, we’ll be waiting a long time. We just have to sit down and do it, even if ‘it’ isn’t very good the first time around. We can always improve it next go around.

    1. So true, Carrie. I’ve also become a firm believer that we can never *find* the time to do stuff, we have to *make* the time.

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