I’m reading John Irving’s new novel for our next DGLM book club, and I noticed this piece about it in last week’s NY Times. What struck me was his admission that he does all his drafting longhand! He doesn’t read electronically and he doesn’t write electronically. I found this factoid pretty interesting. In a culture that is so reliant on technology, it’s refreshing if surprising to hear about one of our most important authors using this very old-fashioned and slow-paced approach to the writing process.
I take notes on my phone and find it very useful when I’m on the go (and when I remember to go back to them), but I still have my spiral notebook that serves as my lifeline to manage my personal and professional life. My best days are the ones when I get to go through my line items and cross off everything on the list! Obviously I’m not talking about creative writing, but it is a process just the same and a way of organizing thoughts and ideas.
It got me to wondering how our readers draft their manuscripts. What’s your most effective and productive writing style? Has it changed over time? Do you prefer digital or longhand? Let us know how you choose to draft your master works.