RARA-AVIS: Writing habits in the Sallis office

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 25 Feb 2004

I hope our guest won't mind answering a mundane question about his writing habits. Some writers hate them, and some people hate seeing them asked, but I like them and if THE PARIS REVIEW did them, they're fair game.

I've been working through the interviews and articles on www.jamessallis.com but haven't seen this asked. So, do you write at a computer, or typewriter, or by hand? Is there a time of day when you're most productive? Do you keep a regular schedule or does it vary depending on what you're writing--fiction, non-fiction, translations, etc.? Do you avoid, say, crime novels when you're in the middle of writing one? If we hear you're working on a new book, should we imagine you hunched over a desk, or moodily staring out a window, or taking thoughtful walks in the country, or sitting in the bus station coffee shop with a pad of paper on the table?


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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