the voice in your own head

February 25, 2018

book cliffhanger

In the course of writing a novel I will sometimes lock myself away. During most of my previous novels there comes a point where I just go to the country and hide for 5 or 6 weeks. Sometimes it’s the first draft, sometimes it’s the second. There are periods when I feel like you just have to cut out the world and listen to the voice in your own head. So I regularly take periods of a month or two in the course of each of these novels to isolate myself from the world. I used to borrow country houses from friends…Sometimes I used to go to Yaddo, which is a writer’s retreat.

Jay McInerney
Interview with Mia Funk