If I’m working on a book I treat it like I would my fishing. I need to eat, breathe, and sleep the writing, or it just isn’t good. I need tunnel vision, really single focus. Even when I’m not sitting down and writing, the rest of the day I’m still working on it in my head. When I’m hauling lobster traps in the afternoon, it’s a very mindless activity for me. It’s just physical, and I spend that time thinking about what I’m working on the next morning. I don’t sit down and wonder what I’m going to write about. Often I’ve already worked out the first paragraph in my head, to the point of it being really polished. I’m off and running the second I sit down to write.

Linda Greenlaw, in “How Deep Sea Fishing Prepares You For Writing,” by Jessica Grose (2013)


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