David Vann began Caribou Island years ago and had to put it aside because of technical difficulties he couldn’t solve. But when he returned to it fourteen years later the writing came very quickly, like a “freight train.”
“That’s not what’s supposed to happen,” he said in an interview. “I guess my writing process is screwy. I kept returning to the landscape and to the characters, and that just allowed the story to take off.”
I would love to hear about a writing process that isn’t screwy.
“… I wrote in tiny tiny writing on tiny tiny Post-its, which I would stick to the wall and collect in the morning.” – Alice W. Flaherty, The Midnight Disease.
(from A Year of Writing Dangerously)