Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for December 27th, 2015

“You get to think so much…”

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Quiara Alegría Hudes

I end up spending too much money on journals if I write too much about the play beforehand. And I tend to get rid of a journal if there is a page inside that I don’t like. So I write on legal pads. My dad made me a writing desk—he is a carpenter. I keep my desk clean. I walk around my room, I pace a lot—that’s my process. I only know just enough to get me started, and then I write. I don’t know where it’s going until I write the first few scenes. After that, I can sit down and write the play…If I write and I start to cry that usually is a good sign. I always have my cup of coffee, my little totem items that are around my desk—and of course music. I always have my music…

I love it. You have to. When I talk to young writers they always want to know how do you make it, how do you know if you are good enough, or how do you become a writer. And I’m like, figure out some way that you can live spending your life writing. And after two years you will know. If you don’t like waking up every day and writing, you will know. Writing is an incredible way to spend your day, and if you don’t love it, it’s not for you. You get to think so much. That’s such a pleasure.

Quiara Alegría Hudes, to Brooklyn Rail

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December 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

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