Kazuo Ishiguru did something rather remarkable when he needed to produce a follow up to his Booker Prize shortlisted novel ‘An Artist of the Floating World’. The book he would write would be come ‘Remains of the Day’.
HOW he wrote it is rather incredible. In his interview with the Guardian Ishiguro details what he and his wife called ‘The Crash’: write 6 days a week from 9am to 10pm with short breaks for lunch and dinner.
This got me thinking – there is this pain of what we used to call ‘context switching’. That is, jumping from one task to another. I tend to do this a lot, partly as a symptom of my increasing ADD and my (diagnosed) decreasing mental capacity caused by certain issues. But, I also recognise that when I force myself – and at times it is outright painful – to sit and work for longer stretches I can get into the zone. It is one of the things I love about writing (it’s hard to do it with anything else).
When I was completing my last feature script I did a similar thing – I sat down and cranked it out. Of course, my script did not reach the quality of Remains of the Day, but, whatya gonna do?
Anyway – here’s the interview with Ishiguro. I hope it inspires you.