Ian McEwan On His Writing Process
I love hearing about the writing process of successful novelists. It makes me realize that these people are just like me–they’ve figured out there is no set formula on writing and they do what works for them.
With that in mind, I thought this excerpt from an interview with Atonement author Ian McEwan is worth your time. Some of my takeaways are below the video:
- McEwan has a lot of big stuff. A giant office, giant library with tons of books, giant computer screen. Must be nice to write with all that big stuff around him.
- McEwan typically writes 500-800 words between 9:30 and lunch time. We’ll call that three hours. That makes me feel better, as I’ve always pictured novelists cranking out thousands and thousands of words a day. McEwan seems to be a little more deliberative, like me.
- He reads after lunch every day. And as he points out, reading isn’t “doing nothing.” Reading is an activity. It requires thought and effort. It makes you smarter. Make time to read.
- Food and wine after 7:30 p.m. I’m not sure what this has to do with the writing process, but, hey, I like it. I think the point is that you have to get away from writing at some point during your day. You need a mental break. Dinner and a little wine is perfect for that.
Anyway, I thought that’s some great insight into the world of an award-winning author.
What’s your writing process look like?
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