The process of writing

I get asked often, “How do you write?” So let me explain my Zone. But please understand, every writer has a different Zone. If you are a would-be writer, you need to experiment until you find yours.

Some folks write in the morning. My good friend, the screenwriter Laurence Cruz, writes very, very late at night, into the early morning hours. I met a novelist one time who writes while taking the tube to and from her office in London.

Me, I write longhand, with a mechanical pencil and a steno pad, in the mornings. I then translate my scribbling (my handwriting is positively rorschachian) into my Macbook Air in the evenings. The first half of the process lets me use my artistic side, while the second half lets me use my analytical side. It’s how I can tell that the stuff I wrote in the morning sucks or not.

When I’m really cooking, I can generate seven typed, double-spaced pages per day. Sometimes as few as two. Sometimes as many as 12.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on November 30, 2009, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It’s not often you get to use the word rorschachian in a sentence. Well done!


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