By Frederick Busch
With willing ruminations that remember the critics of yore--Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe--Busch, during this period of ethical indirection, calls on his enduring love of serious books to bare how the literature of the prior is the most important to the longer term.
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But if it’s not note-taking or otherwise getting words down in front of you, it’s not writing. 31 How to Write Fast Under Pressure Understanding the Writing Process I don’t mean to say that writing is as easy as producing one perfectly crafted sentence after another in logical sequence. Writing can be hard. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be reading this book for ways to make it easier. The point is a simple one: If the sentences are hard to come by, you should try writing something other than sentences.
Brainstorming ideas 3. Creating a rough draft 5. Reﬂecting from the reader’s viewpoint 8. Choosing words and syntax inventively Writing for yourself! Writing for your readers! Left Brain: The Critical Phase 2. Organizing ideas 4. Sticking to the plan while drafting 6. Reorganizing paragraphs 7. Critiquing sentence structure 9. Detecting overlooked errors Planning When planning, we quickly brainstorm and organize ideas. We’re not yet writing sentences; instead, we might be listing ideas vertically, similar to a shopping list.
If he had moaned, ‘‘I can’t write fast enough,’’ he would have wasted his time wallowing in self-pity; instead, he played the hand he was dealt and thought, ‘‘It’s just a bunch of words,’’ and then produced them. = He didn’t give himself a death sentence by crying, ‘‘Writing this is killing me,’’ and he just focused on writing. = Even if ‘‘they’ll tear this apart’’ entered his mind, his desire to go on vacation with a clean slate encouraged him to get the job done, to do his part in the editorial review process.
A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life by Frederick Busch