How Writers Write

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Writers are full of peculiar and unconventional techniques when it comes to generating ideas and thinking about story structure. According to theRyerson 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)
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