Philip Greenspun’s Weblog » Flannery O’Connor Immersion
by Scott Smith
learned a bit about what enabled Flannery O’Connor to become one of America’s greatest writers at a young age. She kept her life monkishly simple, with few possessions, no spouse, and no children. She almost always had friends or family who took care of her basic needs, which freed her to block out two hours every day in which to write. Her mind was not cluttered with calling the plumber, straightening out the cable TV bill, preparing tax returns, running after children, etc.