Maud Newton’s intimidating schedule
Then, recently, I came across a culture diary she kept for the Paris Review in 2010, which suggests the (somewhat unsurprising) answer is: by writing in every spare moment, including while standing (!) on the subway.
For someone who tells herself she needs to have cleared at least two hours before sitting down to work on any project, entries like this one are, uh, corrective:
1:00 P.M. Go downstairs, buy a salad. Open novel file. Write.
2:00 P.M. Resume work duties.
7:00 P.M. Edit novel draft all the way home, while sitting on the first train and then while standing on the second. Once we’re far enough out into Brooklyn, I can sit again.
8:30 P.M. While eating, continue reading Amis’ The King’s English.
9:00 P.M. Tinker with draft of Awl piece, which isn’t coming together.
10:00 P.M. Novel, novel, novel.
11:30 P.M. Light blogging.