Devina mentioned that Stephen King gets up each morning at 8:00 -8:30 and writes, and Courtney commented that she wondered if this worked for other writers the way it does for King. While I don’t think anything works for every writer in the exact same way, from what I have found reading things from other writers, a lot of people do this. Marya Hornbacher, Anne Lamott, and John Green are all writers who have said that they treat writing like a regular job. In Bird by Bird by Lamott, she expresses that you need to write regularly. King writes everyday, in On Writing he even comments that he writes on holidays and his birthdays.
On John Green’s website he has this interview posted:
Q. What is your writing process?
A. I usually get up in the morning and write for four hours, and then I eat lunch, and then in the afternoon I do web and youtube and businessy stuff for five hours. My work day is eight AM to six PM with an hour for lunch. I don’t always stick to this schedule–I travel a lot and some days I have to do non-writing stuff all day. But I am pretty good about the schedule.
Q. How do you deal with writers’ block?
A. I just give myself permission to suck. I delete about 90% of my first drafts (the only exception to this rule so far has been Will Grayson, Will Grayson) so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds of my readers forever, because there’s a 90% chance I’m just gonna delete whatever I write anyway. I find this hugely liberating. I also like to remind myself of something my dad said to me once in re. writers’ block: “Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block.”
Most of these writers and other writers I have read about mention that they write daily, and with this frequency they write multiple drafts of their pieces. I think this is something that is really important to the writing process overall, that we are getting to learn a lot about in this class, since we write multiple drafts to review. I think it is important to have an initial draft just to get things on paper, even if it is bad, it is a start.
What do you guys think?