Writers Are Crazy
Great article from the Wall Street Journal.
Orhan Pamuk struggles with the first sentence, he rewrites it over and over. When I write, I tend to add to the front, instead of the back – meaning, I’ve had so many first passages, that my original beginning is actually on page 20 now.
Kazuo Ishiguro was interviewed. I want to start reading him. No, not because reading Murakami is becoming passé! Stupidtrendbookwhores. Anyways, he writes his first draft by hand. Bad ass.
Michael Ondaatje writes in Muji notebooks(also bad ass). In case you don’t know what they look like:
Richard Powers speaks his novels into his computer using voice detection software. LAME/cheating.
Margaret Atwood quote:
“Put your left hand on the table. Put your right hand in the air. If you stay that way long enough, you’ll get a plot,” Margaret Atwood says when asked where her ideas come from. When questioned about whether she’s ever used that approach, she adds, “No, I don’t have to.”
She’s so hot.
Anyone else think of Sarah’s father from Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo? He’d send his daughter to her mother for the summer and lock himself away in his house to work on his (ultimately failed and flawed) novel.
Read the whole thing. It is great.
How do you write?