Once you have an idea, how do you proceed? Do you take notes? Do you outline? Do you plunge right in?
I always have the odd sensation that it’s not really me doing the writing. Once I have an idea, something else does the work and I just have to be in the room to write it down. I have to make myself available for the thing, whatever it is. Of course, I do the research, and I love doing it. Sometimes I think if I could make a living just doing research, I’d be very happy. I fall in love with the research. The thing is, it’s usually a stream-of-consciousness kind of thing. Finding out more about John Donne, for example, leads to the remarkable discovery that the letter J didn’t exist in the English language until the middle ages.
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