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SomethingOrOther
02-27-2012, 01:32 AM
What are your favorite glimpses into famous authors' processes?

All from David Mitchell:

http://i.imgur.com/NoDj0.jpg

http://www.theparisreview.org/uploads/c1a4816362/mitchell%20lo-res%203.png?keepThis=true&height=600&width=650
http://i.imgur.com/uPNHr.jpg

Words.Worth
02-29-2012, 12:10 PM
What's authors' processes?

catian
02-29-2012, 02:00 PM
wow these are impressive.
It feels such a long time ago because handwriting is making its way out with computer technology.
So to look at something like this handwritten is a treat.
First impression of what you have posted here is
Disorganised or is it just me.
I love that drawing of Big Ben.
I am not getting the last draft though.
Thanks for sharing!

bearilou
02-29-2012, 05:24 PM
wow these are impressive.
It feels such a long time ago because handwriting is making its way out with computer technology.
So to look at something like this handwritten is a treat.

It is always cool to see something that an author did during their creative process. I'd heard about keeping a 'novel notebook' where you do your doodles and paste in your cut out pictures and decided to start my own.

But don't think that handwriting is going the way of the Dodo. Many authors I know advocate handwriting when you're stuck in a novel and there are a few here on the boards, if I remember, that hand write their entire first draft.

catian
02-29-2012, 05:50 PM
It is always cool to see something that an author did during their creative process. I'd heard about keeping a 'novel notebook' where you do your doodles and paste in your cut out pictures and decided to start my own.

But don't think that handwriting is going the way of the Dodo. Many authors I know advocate handwriting when you're stuck in a novel and there are a few here on the boards, if I remember, that hand write their entire first draft.
I am so pleased to hear it.
Ithink it is important tokeep handwriting because it has a different effect on the brain.
When type it is different in terms of the distractions of the computer and the keyboard keys and noise and so on.

Handwriting is quiter and more focused because you look directly onto the paper and what you are writing.

The motions of type writing and handwriting are two very different situations.

OtterFactory
02-29-2012, 06:29 PM
SomethingOrOther, where did you find those? Pretty amazing, I love David Mitchell.

bearilou
02-29-2012, 06:32 PM
And here's the spreadsheet by JK Rowling that has circulated around the internet. (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/73653)

Jamesaritchie
03-01-2012, 12:42 AM
wow these are impressive.
It feels such a long time ago because handwriting is making its way out with computer technology.
!

I sure hope you're wrong abut this. Many writers still write in longhand, and someone is keeping all the pencil and pen companies in business. About 2.9 billion graphite pencils are sold in the U.S. each year, along with almost two billion ink pens.

My wife thinks I buy about half of them. Sometimes I think she's right.

InfiniteDreamer
03-02-2012, 09:32 AM
And here's the spreadsheet by JK Rowling that has circulated around the internet. (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/73653)

Gave me a major case of the goosebumps.

SomethingOrOther
04-21-2012, 07:19 AM
Catch-22 outline (http://library.rwu.edu/Catch_22/chart_out.html)

A bunch of drafts for David Foster Wallace's The Pale King (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/collections/digital/dfw/pale_king/chapter9/draft6/)


SomethingOrOther, where did you find those? Pretty amazing, I love David Mitchell.

There was a period of time where I probably averaged 20 David Mitchell-related Googles a day. :)

The Illusionist
04-23-2012, 03:05 PM
Garth Nix on his writing process (http://www.garthnix.com/writing.html)

I have always loved his Abhorsen series and seeing how he went through the process of writing Sabriel was really interesting. He also wrote most of his work by hand first before typing it up.

Nix also has a little motivational quirk; he keeps track of how many words hes already written in a little notebook. That made him feel like more of a "normal" witter to me than the best seller he is! Even great authors need motivation to finish their books ;)

Shakesbear
04-23-2012, 03:24 PM
wow these are impressive.
It feels such a long time ago because handwriting is making its way out with computer technology.
So to look at something like this handwritten is a treat.
First impression of what you have posted here is
Disorganised or is it just me.
I love that drawing of Big Ben.
I am not getting the last draft though.
Thanks for sharing!

erm . . . I don't think that is Big Ben but the steeple of the Town Hall in Veere, Holland.

I always keep a notebook for my stories - all sorts of notes, sketches, maps, and stuff that I may of may not need.

Namatu
04-23-2012, 05:46 PM
But don't think that handwriting is going the way of the Dodo. Many authors I know advocate handwriting when you're stuck in a novel and there are a few here on the boards, if I remember, that hand write their entire first draft.I'm largely hand-writing a novel now. I've found it definitely works when I'm stuck or feeling too run down on technology to want to stare at a computer screen.

I've got pages of notes all over and concluded this morning that a notebook is the perfect place to keep it all consolidated. Not sure why it took so long for this idea to occur to me. ;)

aikigypsy
04-23-2012, 09:42 PM
I love those images. Graph paper, too. I am totally going to drag out some graph paper notebooks for my next round of revisions/brainstorming/super-rough draft.

RobJ
04-24-2012, 03:45 PM
The Barnes and Noble Meet The Writer podcasts are good for listening to authors talk about their writing process.