Monday, December 20, 2010

Topic: Starting to Write

10-second review: Arthur Hailey is always writing, whether jotting notes or constructing outlines.

Quote: “I never just sit and think: I do it by making notes because you doodle naturally.” Arthur Hailey.

Quote: “I do several outlines. An outline is probably thirty to forty pages of single-spaced typing, writing that never sees the light of day as far as readers are concerned.” Arthur Hailey.

Summary: Hailey usually starts to write after the third outline and after hearing reactions to the first two outlines.

Comment: The idea of taking notes while thinking is similar to brainstorming. The idea of constructing two or three outlines before writing—especially if the book is complicated—makes sense. If I had been aware of the idea, I should have used two or three outlines for my book. It would have been a better book. RayS.

Title: The Writer’s Digest Guide to Good Writing. Thomas Clark, ed., et al. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1994.

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