Writing Process Blog Tour: How Do You Write?

Many thanks to Elliott Holt for inviting me to participate in the MY WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR, a path linking writers’ blogs in a discussion about approaches to fiction and non-fiction. Holt’s first novel YOU ARE ONE OF THEM was published by The Penguin Press in 2013. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, The Millions, and the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology. You can find her answers to the MY WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR questions here.

Here are my answers:

1. What are you working on?

Another novel and stories. Also, it’s June, so I am working on taking the F train to Coney Island as many times as I can to lay on the beach and work on a tan.

2. How does your work differ from other writers of your genre?

I’m relatively certain I eat more baby carrots while revising than Etgar Keret does (come at me, Keret). Unlike Haruki Murakami, I’ve never owned a jazz club. I don’t have as many silent letters in my name as Aimee Bender. I cannot grow a mustache anywhere near as glorious as Jim Shepard’s. Not one person in any of my short stories grows an extra arm like in Ramona Ausubel’s story “Tributaries,” and my work is undoubtedly the poorer for it.

3. Why do you write what you do?

The world is surreal and terrible and weird and great, and there is loneliness and depravity in it but there is also joy.

4. How does your writing process work?

Like glazing pottery: you don’t know how the colors are going to look until you fire it. No, like my car (works best in the morning). No, like a breeze that has no starting point and no end. No, like the manual pencil sharpener I keep near my desk. Like all of these things.

Next week you’ll hear from the super cool Amelia Kahaney, author of the novel for teens THE BROKENHEARTED, whose sequel THE INVISIBLE, will be out in October. Check out her blog for her answers.

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One Response to Writing Process Blog Tour: How Do You Write?

  1. Great blog post, Marie-Helene. Such simple yet effective answers. I particular liked your simile answers to question four and the inherent confusion/honesty. Thank you. These answers are Inspirational.

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