Actually, it's more a look into the writing process of 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Writing winner - Jennifer Egan. I haven't had a chance to read her book - A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD - which won her this prestigious writing award, but I'll definitely have to add that to my TBR list.
Here's a copied recap of some of her tips from the Writer's Digest article. For the entire recapped interview and links to the full interview (and pic source), please go HERE.
I don’t really know where my ideas come from. I start with a time and a place. That’s what I need to get started, and an intellectual question2.
-Start with a time and a place.
-Be excited/surprised by the process
-Avoid going backward instead of forward (so simple, and yet, so unyieldingly difficult).
-Start with as little as possible
Fiction-writing I only do by hand. Only.
I usually try to write five to seven original pages a day.
A first draft takes about 10% of the total writing time, but in terms of importance it’s probably 50%.
I don’t outline initially. I outline everything in revision. Some of my revision outlines are 50 pages long.
Usually my books go through three or four big drafts, with each big draft reflecting 20 rewrites of each individual part. When I get to a full new draft, it means I’ve made enough changes to all the parts that I’m willing to look at it as a whole.
Interesting, Interesting! I wonder if I should invest in some yellow notepads...hmm. :) Tell me, do you see any of your writing habits here?