Jane Hampton Cook
Thinking and reading. I don't have time to write every concept that comes to my mind. Sometimes when I hear a news story, it will remind me of something from history and I'll want to write about it but don't have time. When writing my books, often I need to read research materials--letters, diaries, newspaper articles--and then think about them and synthesize them in my head. Once I have a direction I'd like to go, I simply start writing. I'd been doing that kind of research in my last stages of pregnancy. I was ready to write a chapter when I went into labor. The next day in the hospital when my infant son was in the nursery, I grabbed my computer and pounded out the chapter I'd been "conceiving" in my mind.