Writing Out Loud: Starting Over

February 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

There is something comforting about writing a novel in secret. Nobody knows how often you trash the entire thing and start over. Nobody sees all your blips and bleeps and complete screw-ups. It’s a very nice feeling, this freedom.

A while back, we brought Greg Sandow to your attention — he’s the guy who’s writing his book in public (well, on the internet; presumably that still public). While Greg’s subject, the future of classical music, is not the stuff of fiction, his process will be familiar to all. Including the part where he’s starting over:

(This is the first episode of my second version of this book on the future of classical music. It’s the beginning of the introduction to the book. Like the older episodes, it’s an improvised first draft, and will very likely be revised, maybe extensively revised. But I trust it’s a draft of something tighter and more focused than the last version — a draft of a book that starts by asking (much more directly than the first version ever did) what’s wrong with classical music, and then goes on to say how I think the problems might be fixed. See the outline at the left for more details.)

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2 responses so far ↓

  • Bethany // Feb 21, 2006 at 10:50 am

    Please no… if you only knew! I admire Greg. Letting the world see his process is a good thing (so that stereo-type of writing not being work can be kicked to the curb), letting the world see his mistakes? That is courageous.

  • Leslie Horvitz // Feb 21, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    I am the managing editor of Comma, a book channel which is debuting on a new website, Tribeca.net based in New York City. The site launches in
    mid-April. To popularize the channel and the site we are holding a short story contest — prizes include $500, the opportunity for writers to host their own web pages and produce their own content in conjunction with Tribeca. I would like to invite your readers to participate and would be pleased to provide you with the details so that you could post them. The deadline is March 10. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.

    Leslie Alan Horvitz