Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How do writers write?

I often find myself asking this question; how is it that writer's compose such complex plots and characters? I found this collection of authors' notes in an article on Daily Mail; it gives an interesting insight into the minds behind some of literature's most famous texts. The contrast is striking between the messy scrawl that plans Plath's The Bell Jar and the highly organised chart that plots out Joseph Heller's Catch-22. 

Starting with my personal favourite: J.K. Rowling's plan behind The Order of The Phoenix where you can notice inconsistencies between the original plan and the published text (such as Umbridge's first name!) :

Detailed: This table gives a fascinating insight into how JK Rowling planned out the plot lines of the Harry Potter books which kept readers guessing for years

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar 
Methodical: Sylvia Plath's outline for her famous novel The Bell Jar which many consider chronicles her own descent into mental breakdown

Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn
Plans: A manuscript of Henry Miller's outline of 'Tropic of Capricorn' - the semi-autobiographical novel which describes his time living in New York City in the 1920s
Joseph Heller Catch-22
Detailed: Writer Joseph Heller's outline for 'Catch-22' - the anti-war novel which went on to become one of the best-known books, and phrases, of all time

Lily x

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post ! Such useful tips!