How We Work. How some successful folks get their jobs done. Many are writers.
From the section quoting J.G. Ballard:
Unless you're disciplined, all you end up with is a lot of empty wine bottles. All through my career I've written 1,000 words a day—even if I've got a hangover. You've got to discipline yourself if you're professional. There's no other way.
I think I've heard this before somewhere.
And from Don Delillo:
But the basic work is built around the sentence. This is what I mean when I call myself a writer. I construct sentences. There's a rhythm I hear that drives me through a sentence. And the words typed on the white page have a sculptural quality. They form odd correspondences. They match up not just through meaning but through sound and look. The rhythm of a sentence will accommodate a certain number of syllables. One syllable too many, I look for another word. There's always another word that means nearly the same thing, and if it doesn't then I'll consider altering the meaning of a sentence to keep the rhythm, the syllable beat. I'm completely willing to let language press meaning upon me. Watching the way in which words match up, keeping the balance in a sentence--these are sensuous pleasures.
Also note the dueling Gibson vs Doctorow on Blogs: Good or Evil? Heh. Lots
more good stuff here.
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I still haven't figured out the balance between spending time writing vs. revising. Is time better spent tweaking the old story, or starting fresh with a new one?
== kaimoku == (adverb) entirely
|Top radical is 'people lined up' (比). Bottom radical was originally a version of 'say', and the character literally meant 'people in a row, talking'. The bottom radical is now 'white' (白), due to miscopying. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Everyone lined up, all in white.'|