In an interview with Allen Salkin for New Books in Food, food writer Ruth Reichl talks about (among other things) her writing process. Most people expect writers to keep irregular hours– after all, that’s one of the perks of the job. But when writing fiction (her latest work), Reichl works from 9 to 5 every day, writing in an isolated shed downhill from her house.
She has a specific environment in which she can stay focused and uninterrupted, and says that she tries to model her environment on the MacDowell colony, a retreat for artists. The MacDowell colony provides artists of all mediums a studio and living space (along with meals and other amenities) in order to nourish their creativity and support the creation of art.
This writing process is extremely different from the one she had during her restaurant critiquing days, but as her novel is her most recently published material and her current project, I chose to focus on the writing process for that.
You can listen to the interview here: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/online-reading/ruth-reichl