Friday, March 9, 2012

Nabokov Wrote from 9A.M. to 2 A.M.



I'm proud to say that I had enough discipline to work on Katie for over 10 hours a day during the summer of 2010, which was prompted by examples of amazing feats of discipline that I read about in Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi, but I was further amazed when I read the following quote on The Paris Review's website from Vladimir Nabokov:

"For two months in Cambridge I did nothing (from 9A.M. to 2 A.M.) but work on my commentaries to EO [Eugene Onegin]."

That comes to over 17 hours per day! That pales in comparison to my measly 10 hours per day.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Writing vs. Typing

The screen on my laptop broke, so I went old school for a bit and wrote on paper, which is obviously something writers did before the invention of the typewriter and computer. Even Nabokov wrote on note cards, despite the fact that he could have used a typewriter. I even considered getting a typewriter and going Woody Allen style, but editing on a typewriter compared to Open Office or Google docs would have been a nightmare. And if you've seen Woody's editing technique in Woody Allen: A Documentary it does look like a nightmare.