I’m intrigued after reading this piece about famous writers’ working methods.
Now, I know we’re all individuals and we all do things our way, but it kind of bothered me that all these writers are said – or intimated – to have done these things everyday.
My writing methods vary almost as much as these guys’ apparently didn’t. One day I’ll sit and right reams on my MacPro – technically my editing machine, but Final Draft doesn’t exactly swamp the disc space. The next I’ll be making amendments to script at my dining table in the lounge (oh for a bigger house!). Another day I may curl myself up on the sofa with my MacBook Pro and hammer out some solid revisions or exciting new treatments.
Are we supposed to be habitual animals who can only do what we do in one place? Or can we – do we – write wherever and however we can?
Russell T Davis, showrunner of the original relaunch of Dr Who says in the brilliant book on the series “The Writer’s Tale” that he can’t carry a story from one city to another – if he starts writing in Cardiff he can’t continue in Manchester.
Is your muse specific to your location, or does it follow you around? Would love to find out just how abnormal I am.