I am a research junkie. When I write a book, I research forever, in order to put off the actual writing. I love research, love to read, conduct interviews, poke around online, look in archives. My current book is Her War: The True Story of an American Heiress in the Resistance Against the Nazis, a biography of Muriel Gardiner, who was the role model for Lillian Hellman's "Julia." Today I made progress in breaking my addiction: I actually put aside research and took to my keyboard. This came after a talk with my friend Laura Claridge who recently published the wonderful biography Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners. We agreed that my addiction had taken over and I had to give it up and pursue something else: writing. So I did and actual pages emerged. Bad pages, but real ones. Now that I've done that, for the rest of the afternoon, I can indulge myself: do an interview or two, read, search online for some mysterious person or date or fact that's being elusive. I am determined to beat this thing: Tomorrow morning, without even one internet search, it's back to the keyboard, with no distractions - phone unplugged, volume down so I don't know if an email comes in. I'll keep you posted.
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