Monday, June 16, 2014

Authors share their writing processes

John Irving on the writer’s craft

John Irving – the thrill of the blank page

Alice Munro

John Updike

Do you share any writing quirks with these authors? I sometimes write in longhand - do you? I've never begun a story at the very end and worked back up to it. Have you? Share some of your process!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't say I'm thrilled about a blank page!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like writing in long hand and usually do blog posts ahead of time that way.
I sometimes start from the end though I usually know the start also.

Cate Masters said...

But think of all the possibilities in that blank page, Alex - it might hold a Pulitzer book. :)

Oh interesting, Susan. I have a general idea of where I'm going but nothing nailed down like Irving.

DMS said...

I loved these. I am impressed that John Irving writes everything out long hand. I know our brains work differently when we hand write something as opposed to typing- so it could be an important key in the writing process. I always jot and write notes, but when the story starts to come to life I am typing.

Cate Masters said...

I know what you mean, Jess. I can't write long-hand to keep up with my brain - or sometimes even type fast enough (and I type 85 wpm). But I think because writing longhand forces you to slow down, it also forces you to sink into the moment - or scene - deeper.
I always love hearing about other writers' processes too.