“How I write” – notes on Marjorie Perloff’s talk
Marjorie Perloff‘s talk at the Stanford’s series “How I write,” sharing some really useful ideas. The talk can be downloaded from Stanford on iTunes U (you’ll need iTunes for that). Some of her ideas:
- Before the first draft, I’ll do anything to procrastinate.
- I take a lot of notes. I still copy a lot of things and I do it before I start writing.
- When i start writing, I am usually taken to a different place than what I planned.
- Writing is a habit. If you get out of habit, it’s hard to come back. You have to write all the time.
- Write (book) reviews, they are good practice.
- It’s much more difficult to write something short.
- Reviews (with a fixed number of words) are a great exercise.
- I have friends who have great ideas, but they procrastinate and never write them down.
- After a first draft things get easier.
- I like collages, non-sequitur. So i turned my weakness into my strength.
- You may write in order to learn.
- In all writing, you have to try and be brave.
- Be ready to take criticism.
- When you start, you rely a lot on other’s criticism, “as Foucault says…” I don’t do that much anymore. When you get older you start feeling sure about things.
- Things are so trendy that you may find the same 10 books all around. So you have to try getting away from that.