I asked Sam Starbuck this question a while ago and here’s the answer.
One of the questions I was asked, back when I was soliciting for essay topics, was this:
Something I like to ask all writers is how do they get ready to write. Do you do a lot of research first? Create an outline, if so, how detailed? Do you use index cards? A white board? Or, do you get an idea and run with it, flying by the seat of your pants? How much of your process is done with actual paper and pencil and how much on the computer?
(Thank you Evaine at livejournal for the question!)
It made me think of a Hamlet quote taken badly out of context:
If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. — Hamlet V.ii
Hamlet’s basically raving there, but as ever, he knows a hawk from a handsaw, and there’s a grain of truth in it. Readiness usually…
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