How I Write
Working practices described by writers.
In my pajamas, surrounded by notes and files and printed manuscript pages red-lined for rewrites and spilling over, this is how I write. Be it a book I am ghostwriting or one of my own, my office space is unkempt with little piles of pages stacked and scraps of notes scattered in part because I […]
My novel, The Master’s Ruse, is set in a future time when the sea is biologically dead. It unfolds in a country ruled by a military junta. Literature and freedom of speech have been banned and the holdings of all libraries burnt. The narrative voice belongs to an aging authoress who lives on a vast […]
It usually begins with Post-It Notes. They surround my monitor as I type this. If not those sticky, colored squares, then it’s a ragtag collection of paper bits that start my stories. I get ideas in droves and jot them down for later use. It’s also how I organize what I need to do. If […]
I’m always amazed by people who tell me they have a whole book stored in their head – all they have to do is write it. When I start a novel I have only the vaguest idea of how it will turn out. I usually have a place I want to end up, a final […]
I am a lazy artist. I get some silly/brilliant/stupid idea for a script and get really excited. Epiphany! Light bulb! Yes — this comic about a dead moth I saw must be drawn! The world simply must have it. Moaning and whining and procrastinating, however, quickly follow this bolt of inspiration. I want to sit […]
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