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  •  Wish I could have been there (3+ / 0-)
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    Limelite, cfk, slksfca

    I'm a big Ford fan.  

    I'm having a little trouble getting going with "Lay of the Land", but it might be that I am reading it in bed, while I used to do all my readiung on airplanes and was able to read 100 pages at a time.  But I quit that job...

    •  Probably a Fair Trade (3+ / 0-)
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      matt2525, cfk, slksfca

      considering the tortuous writing process Ford undergoes that you should have a little trouble getting going.  He describes his intricate and voluminous pre-writing as a "clerical nightmare."  

      He outlines, researches, collects articles, jots notes.  He ended up with 300 pp of raw material for his latest book before he even began to hand write the first sentence.  He studies the compiled stuff for months, going over it and over it, as often as three times a week, annotating.  Then he gets a "sense" of a start, signal points throughout the book, and next thinks specifically about a beginning and end, waiting for the moment to come when he wants to write the first sentence.

      He does the entire novel longhand and only transcribes it to his computer after he's got the edited MS back from his Knopf editor.  Then he reads it aloud to his wife once or twice, fine-tuning rhythms and word choices.  

      He didn't pretend to make his writing life sound like fun.

      They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

      by Limelite on Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 02:30:56 PM PST

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