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.