Tom Ginsburg é professor de Direito Comparado da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Chicago.
How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
I get up and exercise before anything.
What time of the day do you work better?
Between midnight and 3 am. This is a little bit of a problem.
Do you have a daily writing goal?
I want to be one of those people that writes 1000 words a day. I am not.
How is your writing process? How do you move from research to writing?
I just start writing and research while I am doing it.
How do you deal with writing blocks, such as procrastination, the fear of not meeting the expectations and anxiety of working on long projects?
How often do you review your texts before you feel they are ready? Do you show your work to anyone before it’s finished?
A lot if it is something that is important to me. I can actually sit on a project that is 80% done for several years before finalizing.
Do you write your first drafts by hand or on the computer?
Where do your ideas come from? Is there a set of habits that you cultivate to stay creative?
I keep a list of ideas to write on. I have too many old projects which were yesterdays ideas.
What would you tell yourself if you could go back in time to writing your thesis?
The thesis was the golden age — few interruptions, extended time to read. I would not change anything.
What book would you like to read and it does not exist yet?
My own completed manuscript on “constitutions as products”!