Sunday, March 25, 2007
THE RIGHT METHOD
Authors and books are in an abundance. And so many of them write so well. Accompanying all this, of course, are 'methods'- la bonne route.
So then, going through methods I'm struck by their abundance.
There are people who finish a book in some seven years, others write at the rate of three a year, and still others, one in a lifetime. Of course, it's efficiency can't be judged by the product, for they all produce great books- William Darlymple, Jefferey Archer, Margaret Mitchell. Though I, can personally not imagine dallying on one book for longer than a month
Some people write when whim or inspiration siezes them. Then there are people who write diligently and assidously everyday, churning and spinning out 500-1000-2000 every day. Enid Blyton was supposedly spinning out 20,000 words a day, that's about one book a day!
And that was while having no idea what to write when she sat down with her typewriter and making up the tale as she went. As someone put it- a writer's job can be looked upon as that of a a excavator- unearthing things as you go, not making them up, though I don't necassarily agree.
There are others who know every detail down to the last words before they get down to the actual task.
And then of course, there's the pen. I somehow fell that it's impossible to be a 'writer' without actually writing- not just typing the stuff on to a computer or even a typewriter. But others find it more convenient to evolve with time.
There's another category. Those who believe in editing and those who vehemently don't. The former group turn up draft after draft after draft to perfection. And the latter must have perfection first time over- because that is creativity, you see.

Well, as long as the result is good! And bon voyage!

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