Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

A writer’s routine: David Mitchell

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David Mitchell

I do my thinking on paper, and act on my thinking on the laptop…

Writing describes a range of activities, like farming. Plowing virgin fields—writing new scenes—demands freshness, but there’s also polishing to be done, fact-checking, character-autobiography writing, realigning the text after you’ve made a late decision that affects earlier passages—that kind of work can be done in the fifth, sixth, and seventh hours. Sometimes, at any hour, you can receive a gift—something that’s really tight and animate and so interesting that I forget the time until my long-suffering wife begins to drop noisy hints.

David Mitchell, to The Paris Review

Written by nevalalee

February 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

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