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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 40, Vladimir Nabokov
"The pattern of the thing precedes the thing. I fill in the gaps of the crossword at any spot I happen to choose. These bits I write on index cards until the novel is done. My schedule is flexible, but I am rather particular about my instruments: lined Bristol cards and well sharpened, not too hard, pencils capped with erasers."
nabokov  books  writing  howwework 
april 2015 by rodcorp
Execute Like a Rookie, Lead Like a Multiplier - First Round Review
Rookie mind and "Francois Truffaut, the legendary French film director, bought a book on directing film at the start of his career. Then, before beginning each new film, he'd go back to the same bookstore and re-purchase the same book, re-read it, and remember what it was like when he didn't know what he was doing."
management  startup  film  howwework  francistruffaut 
march 2015 by rodcorp
9 Things You Need To Write A Novel | tobylitt
"In a way, writing is saying to your loved ones, ‘Go away, because I want to talk to you’."
books  writing  tobylitt  howwework 
november 2014 by rodcorp
I'm Chuck Palahniuk, author of DOOMED... AMA! : IAmA
"To begin a new novel, I look for the biggest problem in my life that I can't solve or tolerate. Something that drives me nuts, but I can't fix. Then I find a metaphor that allows me to explore the problem, exaggerating and expanding it beyond reason. I build it up to the worst scenario possible and then find a way to solve it. By the time the book is done, I've exhausted all of my emotions around the original problem. Whatever it was, it no longer bothers me. And typically, during the time of writing, the problem has resolved itself. It's like magic. Try it. It will keep you alive in this world of bullshit."
books  writing  howwework  chuckpalahniuk  via:beeker 
october 2013 by rodcorp
Tracking the Literary History of Word Processing - The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors
"So the truth is that pieces like this are more useless than anything else: the “magic tool” or fetish trope is really just another form of mystification." - skewers, mostly, my How We Work.
writing  howwework 
september 2013 by rodcorp
A life in writing: Janet Malcolm | Books | The Guardian
""The invented I of journalism" as Malcolm calls it, is not a stable entity. One of the things she realised early on in her writing career was that, she says, "this 'I' was a character, just like the other characters. It's a construct. And it's not the person who you are. There's a bit of you in it. But it's a creation. Somewhere I wrote, 'the distinction between the I of the writing and the I of your life is like Superman and Clark Kent.'""
janetmalcolm  howwework  journalism  fiction 
july 2013 by rodcorp
Lydia Davis hints at move to microblogging fiction | Books |
""I do think novels are overlooked," she said. "I did write one some years ago that I think is quite good, called The End of the Story, not to blow my own horn." The process did not come naturally to her though. "It was very difficult to write. I had to make diagrams. Sustaining that drive was something I wasn't used to," she admitted."
lydiadavis  books  twitter  writing  stories  howwework 
may 2013 by rodcorp
Neal Pollack on rebounding from massive hype and six-figure deals to online publishing | Books | Money Matters | The A.V. Club
"I wrote a detective novel about the L.A. yoga scene, which I had been a peripheral part of. [...] I recognize that not every writer is able to churn out a novel every four or five months more than once, but I am. I have journalism training and I have written a bunch of books and I have been practicing. I’m ready to roll. And my plan—my plans always seem to be thwarted—but my plan is to just pound out as many books as I can and make them as good as possible and build a library on Amazon. This a quote from A.J. Liebling that says, “I can write better than anybody who can write faster and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.” So I want to try and apply that math to my own life. Am I as good a writer as Michael Chabon or George Saunders? No. But I can get my books out there quickly, you know?"
books  amazon  nealpollack  howwework 
march 2013 by rodcorp
Evgeny Morozov: 'We are abandoning all the checks and balances' | Technology | The Observer
"Do we want [technological devices] to obviate problem solving? To make our lives frictionless? Or do we want these new devices to enhance our problem solving – not to make problems disappear but assist us with solving them?"
"I have bought myself a type of laptop from which it was very easy to remove the Wi-Fi card – so when I go to a coffee shop or the library I have no way to get online. However, at home I have cable connection. So I bought a safe with a timed combination lock. It is basically the most useful artefact in my life. I lock my phone and my router cable in my safe so I'm completely free from any interruption and I can spend the entire day, weekend or week reading and writing. [...] To circumvent my safe I have to open a panel with a screwdriver, so I have to hide all my screwdrivers in the safe as well."
evgenymorozov  google  howwework 
march 2013 by rodcorp
Unpacking my library -
James Wood: "I deface nearly all my books, with both annotations in ink, and lots of dog-earing. I also write to-do lists in the endpapers, or telephone numbers, or names of people I must email. These latter often prove more interesting than any of my literary comments: years later, I stare at them, trying to work out who these people were."
books  jameswood  howwework 
october 2012 by rodcorp
All This ChittahChattah | Richard Saul Wurman: The unlimited repertoire of ignorance
RS Wurman on Charles Eames working with IBM: "You sell your expertise, you have a limited repertoire. You sell your ignorance it’s an unlimited repertoire! He [Charles Eames] was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject, and the journey of him [going from] not knowing to knowing was his work."
charleseames  howwework 
august 2012 by rodcorp
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford interviewed about his new novel Canada
"I kept adding to a storage of notes (that I kept in my freezer); but I never really looked at the pages during all those years, or set about any effort to write any more sentences."
books  writing  richardford  howwework 
june 2012 by rodcorp
Infovore » Raymond Chandler on the value of copying
"And here I am at 2:40am writing about technique, in spite of a strong conviction that the moment a man begins to talk about technique, that’s proof he is fresh out of ideas"
raymondchandler  writing  howwework  books  infovore 
january 2012 by rodcorp
How Apple works: Inside the world's biggest startup - Fortune Tech
Excellent reading. Some unusual stuff on brutal job specialisation and GM-avoidance - wonder how contributory that really is (is the Jobs/Cook/Ive/Schiller/Forstall symboint not the ultimate GM?)
apple  howwework  teams  management 
september 2011 by rodcorp
Martin Parr: how to take better holiday photographs | Travel | The Guardian
"You have to overcome the feeling that it isn't the right time to take a photograph if you want to get away from this version of the perfect, harmonious family. I would argue that the more valuable document is the honest one. One of the things that photographs are very good at doing is showing change. So take a picture before you go on holiday and when you have just got back [...] Think of yourself as a documentary photographer [Flickr has taught us this]; up the ante and take yourself more seriously. And the other thing you must do is print them."
photo  martinparr  howwework  from delicious
september 2010 by rodcorp
750 Words
"Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in "long hand", typically done in the morning, [to] help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day"
writing  howwework  tools  from delicious
march 2010 by rodcorp
Ten rules for writing fiction | Books |
So many of these (as with so many of the How We Work habits) distill to: get the work done and keep going.
books  writing  howwework  from delicious
february 2010 by rodcorp
Joe Moran's blog: Embracing the cold
Chekhov: "Do you know what I find helps my cough? When I’m not working, I spray some turpentine on the edge of the desk and breathe in the fumes" See also Andrew Motion and lemsip:
howwework  health  chekhov  andrewmotion  from delicious
february 2010 by rodcorp
Great Writer, Great Machine: The Book Bench : The New Yorker
Last Friday, Cormac McCarthy’s [Olivetti Lettera 32] typewriter sold at Christie’s for a staggering $254,500 to an anonymous American collector. “I have typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not yet published,” McCarthy wrote in his authentication letter" - you'd imaging performing a forensic imprimatoscopy of keys, letters and ribbon to recreate the three works.
books  cormacmccarthy  howwework  8inches  writing 
december 2009 by rodcorp
A dispiriting blank side (Phil Gyford’s website)
"My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper"
howwework  cormacmccarthy  paper  blank 
december 2009 by rodcorp
Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"morning question, what good shall I do today? [...] address powerful goodness"
benfranklin  howwework  via:infovore 
august 2009 by rodcorp
Leaving Your Mark | Offbeat Earth
"70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day."
8inches  howwework  trees  wood  patina 
may 2009 by rodcorp
Will Ashon: a thoroughly modern novelist - Features, Books - The Independent
"Living at one end of the Victoria Line and working at the other, the only available time in his day was the 45-minute journey between home and office. "Bizarrely, I found it a really good place to bash out a first draft." Using a Palm Pilot ("you can get 72 words on the screen"), he established a modus operandi. "It's all about the right seat. I'm left-handed and so sit on the left-hand side of the train." Suffering from motion sickness, he always positioned himself facing forward."
books  willashon  howwework 
april 2009 by rodcorp
On the Road - No Destination Flying Has Its Appeal -
“And on most planes, there are no plugs, so I’d open up my computer and wrote until the battery died. Because I had this pressure of knowing the battery would die, I wrote monumental amounts in short periods of time.” - So he started taking flights again to write (which seems rather ritualistic: rather than leaving his power cable at home and going to the coffee shop)
productivity  writing  howwework 
april 2009 by rodcorp
Jonathan Jones and the Tate Britain Triennial | Culture | The Guardian
"It took more than 100 people - welders, curators, one artist's mother - to put together Tate Britain's big new show. What did they all do?"
art  howwework  tate  altermodern  nicolabourriaud 
february 2009 by rodcorp
At home with Jack Vettriano - Interiors, House & Home - The Independent
Britain's (richest?) contemporary artist live-works in a room in London.
art  howwework  jackvettriano 
february 2009 by rodcorp
Design Observer: 26 Years, 85 Notebooks
"On August 12, 1982, I took a 10 x 7 1/8 inch National Blank Book Company composition book from the supply closet of my then employer, Vignelli Associates. From that moment, I have never been without one."
design  howwework  drawing  notebook  michaelbierut  work 
february 2009 by rodcorp
swissmiss: Thelonius Monk’s advice to saxophonist Steve Lacy (1960)
"Don't play everything (or every time); let some things go by. Some music just imagined."
howwework  music  via:tomc 
february 2009 by rodcorp
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
Page a day, every day, in 20 minutes, with complete focus despite environmental distractions, leaving a rough edge for tomorrow...
howwework  writing  productivity  corydoctorow 
january 2009 by rodcorp
Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » INTERVIEW: Audrey Niffenegger
"For some reason it makes readers happy to imagine a cocoon of paper, but actually I used two time lines in the computer. One was Clare’s timeline, and the other tracked the order in which things were presented to the reader and Henry’s travels."
books  howwework  sf  timeline  audreyniffenegger 
january 2009 by rodcorp
WebWeaver's World: A talk by Audrey Niffenegger - author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"She used two timelines - one for Clare - the static, "real time" timeline; and (interestingly) one for the reader (and also Henry) - so she could keep track of what we/Henry know and don't yet know at any stage in the narrative."
books  howwework  sf  timeline  audreyniffenegger 
january 2009 by rodcorp
Subject+Object | Granta 104: Fathers | Magazine | Granta
Will Self on smoking, pipes, pipe ritual and ephemera, his working room and writing.
books  howwework  willself  granta 
january 2009 by rodcorp
Charlie's Diary: Why are SF and fantasy novels the length they are?
Circumstantial evidence that it's harder to write smaller, or that older tools just led to exhaustion?: "observed that whenever one of her novelists switched to word processing, the average length of their books increased by about 10%"
books  howwework  writing  tools  charlesstross 
december 2008 by rodcorp
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