William Gibson on writing

The conclusion of a short autobiographical sketch from 2002 by novelist William Gibson:

I suspect I have spent just about exactly as much time actually writing as the average person my age has spent watching television, and that, as much as anything, may be the real secret here.

Nowadays, one might also like to know how much time he spends online, especially on Twitter, where he seems to be pretty active. The sketch is on this page, along with a note on a poem he wrote.

By the way, today is the official publication date of Gibson’s new novel, The Peripheral. Some reviews are already out, and more will be appearing forthwith; mine is here.


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