The ideal thing for a writer is when he has
written all day — with minor interruptions thrown in — but, like
some latter-day Nick Carraway, 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,
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.