Outlander author Diana Gabaldon on her writing routine, from writer’s block to what she drinks


For fans, a behind-the-curtain glimpse of how Diana Gabaldon delivers the story of the Outlander universe is always thrilling.

From the way she created the characters of Jamie and Claire to why she chose to base the story in Scotland, fans can’t get enough of it.

Herself a fascinating character – did you know that she has a master’s degree in marine biology and a doctorate in ecology? Diana has never shied away from letting those interested in her world, both on the page and in real life.

Recently, she revealed a bit of her writing process; of how she handles writer’s blockage to what she drinks when she writes.

The publisher of Outlander books in the United States, Penguin Random House, asked him several questions for his website to give readers a glimpse into the work habits of PRH authors.

Speaking about what she eats and drinks throughout the writing days, Diana revealed that Diet Coke and water generally got her off, but joked that she “helps more or less Diet Coca-Cola “when she was in the” Last Frenzy of Finishing a Book “.

Asked about Writer’s Block, she reminded fans that her life was so hectic early in the books, with two full-time jobs and three kids under the age of six that she didn’t have time to be unable to write anything. She just had to do it if she wanted to be paid.

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This means that she has developed several coping mechanisms.

She wrote: “Therefore, I just learned to work on multiple projects at once. we stick, then go back and if the first piece was still stuck, start another scene. “

She added that there are plenty of household chores such as interviews, workshops, commentaries, book reviews, and social media posts to work on in case of failure.

Diana spoke about some of her writing routines

More interestingly, she explained how she came up with ideas for her news.

“I’m sure there will be more news,” she said. “They’re a lot of fun and allow me to explore side stories and minor characters – but I don’t plan them in advance; the ideas just come and when something starts to bubble up I start writing it down.”

However, her advice to other writers facing a deadlock is not to give up.

She added, “The most important thing, as always, is to keep putting words on the page. But they don’t always have to be the words you intended to write when you sat down.”

Good advice and some we are really happy that she listens although we wonder how she finds the time.

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