"It's always a mistake to binge write. If you get up in the morning, you feel inspired, and you write for 12 or 15 hours, well what you've done also is probably dried up your reservoir for the next day. When I'm writing at full speed (when the research is done and I'm tooling along), I will always stop at a point where I can pick up very readily the next day. That means I will stop in midsentence, midparagraph, even though I know that I can write another page that day. I will stop because then the next morning when I wake up, I know exactly what I have to do. I know that as soon as I sit down with that coffee and that Oreo cookie, I will become productive. All I've got to do is finish that sentence and I'm on a roll. But I also have come to trust that because the human brain is such an amazing thing, if you leave a sentence or a paragraph unfinished, your brain quietly, without you being aware of it, will be struggling to finish that sentence or that paragraph for the next 24 hours. That's the way the brain works. So not only do you sit down and finish your sentence, but you probably have a pretty good idea suddenly of where the next two, three, four, five pages are going to go. And I find that very useful and very powerful."
Friday, May 11, 2012
Writing tip of the day (from Goodreads)
My friend and editor for Surfing the Middle East, Donna Beech, sent this one along today. I couldn't agree more. Click here if you want to read the rest of the interview with author Erik Larson.