Biographer Robert Caro is big in the news. His fourth book on President Lyndon Johnson, a series he began in 1978, has brought renewed focus on his book writing routine.
Every day, Caro walks from his Manhattan apartment to his nearby office, always dressed in coat and tie. No one greets him. The sparse office has a desk, a couch, vast file cabinets, a large bulletin board for his outlines…and an electric typewriter. He writes in long hand on a yellow pad and then types his drafts on the old Smith Corona. He’s alone, thinking, questioning, and occasionally calling sources for minute details about specific events. He’s all business, all day long. It works for him. He’s won two Pulitzers.
Caro’s book writing routine is rock solid: dedicated place, time, and process. Of course, if you are a successful consultant constantly in demand for speeches and workshops, and you have a business book in mind, you are not going to have a five-day-a week book writing routine. We at BBG can help you sort out your routine. We’ve done is many times. The process varies with the content. And with our help, you won’t be taking decades to write your book.
However you define your routine, please do include a nice modern laptop to help speed up the process.