This Is How Storywriters Do It

A storywriter does not go through the writing process exactly the same way for each story. Sometimes she may easily plan the entire sequence from beginning to end, before she begins to write. At other times, she has only that major point she wants to communicate and a hazy flow of events, but the pre-writing functions seem mysteriously paralyzed and the only thing she can do is begin with a word,and keep going until the tale weaves itself together under her feverish typing. And at still other times, she may not even have so much as the main idea–but only a title; perhaps a random phrase she heard at dinner, or a couple of words that headline a report, that to her is not just a fleeting comment, but a book that begs to be written.


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