The ideal thing for a writer is when he has

written all day—with minor interruptions thrown in—but needs

to head out to a dinner party. He doesn’t want

to lose his momentum, but he’s also eager to meet

friends at the dinner. Half-way through dinner, though, he can’t

wait to get back. Yes, he loves his friends, and

company is always fun, but how utterly fantastic to get

back before midnight, and pick up exactly where he left

off at seven. Something someone said that evening caught his

attention. He’ll use it in the novel he is writing.

Paraphrases from Goodreads Q&A with André Aciman.