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Mary Gaitskill: Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Mary Gaitskill is the author of four novels; her most recent, Veronica, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. Her short story "Secretary" was the basis for the film of the same name.

How She Writes: "It varies. Sometimes I start a few hours after I get up, sometimes I don't start until early evening. I used to start at about 10 at night and work until early morning. My preferred way to work is to start in the early afternoon and work until about 3, go do errands, have dinner and then write for a few more hours in the evening."

Writer's Block Remedies: "Sometimes I decide I don't want to write because it isn't the thing for me to be doing right then and I go do something else. Writing requires an intense inner focus and sometimes you need to express outward, physically or socially. Sometimes I think how awful it is that I'm blocked and keep writing."

A Great Sentence: "I'd rather other people point those out."

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Marc Silver, who edits NPR's global health blog, has been a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Jewish Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Geographic. He is the author of Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond and co-author, with his daughter, Maya Silver, of My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens. The NPR story he co-wrote with Rebecca Davis and Viola Kosome -- 'No Sex For Fish' — won a Sigma Delta Chi award for online reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.