Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Fascinating Potpourri

"... a complete archive of the New York Times Writers on Writing column, a series in which writers explore literary themes.

Writers on Writing
I clicked Kent Haruf's name—and read a two page essay.

To See Your Story Clearly, Start by Pulling the Wool Over Your Own Eyes
Kent Haruf

"I write the first draft blindly.

This is not new with me. It's the old notion of blinding yourself so you can see. So you can see differently, I mean. I remove my glasses, pull a stocking cap down over my eyes, and type the first draft single-spaced on the yellow paper in the actual and metaphorical darkness behind my closed eyes, trying to avoid being distracted by syntax or diction or punctuation or grammar or spelling or word choice or anything else that would block the immediate delivery of the story.I write the first draft blindly."

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