How To Write A Great Novel -- 11 Top Authors Share Their Secrets
Just in from today's Wall Street Journal is a fascinating and insightful article featuring candid disclosures from eleven luminaries of the novel, including: Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake) Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day), Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient), Richard Powers (Generosity), Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire) and six other top novelists!
Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software. Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," shuts himself in the bathroom and perches on the edge of the tub with his notebook when he's tackling a knotty passage. Hilary Mantel, whose Tudor drama "Wolf Hall" claimed this year's Man Booker Prize, jumps in the shower when she gets stuck. "The number of pages I've got that are water marked, I can't tell you," Ms. Mantel said.