Nancy Werlin: Get Thee to a Bread Store

Nancy Werlin

hide captionNancy Werlin is not sponsored by Panera ... or is she?

Meghan Moore

Nancy Werlin is the author of six young adult novels. Her latest, The Rules of Survival, is a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for Young People's Literature.

How She Writes: "Lately, it's been the following:

1) Get to a Panera Bread cafe sometime in the morning.

2) Order large decaf skim latte.

3) Skulk or pounce to get possession of table near electrical outlet.

4) Plug in, boot up and immediately download email using Panera's free wireless access.

5) Waste time on email and web.

6) Finally open file containing novel-in-progress and get to work.

7) Write until lunchtime.

8) Pack up computer, use bathroom, get in line for lunch.

9) Obtain lunch, attempt and fail to reclaim table near electrical outlet, settle for other table and run off battery.

10) Eat lunch while answering email.

11) Return to work writing, eyeing the Daily Goal: 1,000 good words."

Writer's Block Remedies: "I tell myself that all I need to do is open the file and work for 15 minutes. Or ten. Or five."

A Favorite Sentence: "In the end, the survivor gets to tell the story."

Previous Author: Mary Gaitskill Next Author: Jess Walter

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