Every good writer has their own way of setting aside time to write. For James Ellroy, this means waking up in the middle of the night.
In a new interview with ShortList Magazine, the author of The Black Dahlia revealed that he goes to bed at 8pm, wakes up sometime between 1:45-2:30am and works for a couple of hours before going back to sleep again. He also writes again in the afternoon.
“I know how to exploit what’s been given to me: early parental dysfunction, my mother’s murder, all my crazy sh*t,” he explained of his writing in the interview. “The most startling moment I’ve had as an artist was in New York in 1985 while writing The Black Dahlia, and in a heartbeat the structural entirety of LA Confidential came to me. I then realised that whatever I could conceive, I could execute. So I’ve executed ever more grandly throughout my career.” Read more