How Writers Write

| 6/11/2010 11:21:39 AM

ideaWriters are full of peculiar and unconventional techniques when it comes to generating ideas and thinking about story structure. According to the Ryerson Review of Journalism, taking a lengthy dip in the bathtub or hitting the elliptical machine are not out to the question for some writers while others prefer binge buying new office supplies or creating a “sensory deprivation chamber” (think installing heavy blinds and using construction ear guards). But my favorite practice has to be this gem: “Gay Talese used to type up pages, pin them to Styrofoam panels in his office and observe them using a set of binoculars from across the room. ‘It’s like laundry on a clothesline,’ he would say.”
Source: Ryerson Review of Journalism (article not yet available online)
Image by orkboi, licensed under Creative Commons.
6/14/2010 3:17:53 PM

Writing process is a longstanding mystery, although now I'm seeing a lot more writers share their habits on Twitter. Everyone's brain is wired a little differently. I for one succeed at meeting deadlines much better when surrounded by classical music; others need silence and still others need meditation sessions. The process is not quite as unique as a fingerprint, but it's close.

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