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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Knickerbocker Rule
I am endlessly curious about the work habits of other writers, and I suspect that you are as well. We hope to discover the magic of writing effortlessly and eloquently. Seeking the hidden key to writing success, we want to know when, where and how the renowned writer works. How many days a week or hours a day does she write?
Do the anointed ones write long-hand, use a typewriter or compose at a keyboard? Perhaps, just perhaps, we could forge our own success by emulating them. If Marcel Proust could get Remembrance of Things Past from the taste of madeleines, maybe we should have a nibble ourselves. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., claimed that he needed a "carton of Pall Malls and a fit of coughing" to undertake a significant writing project. I think I'll pass on that approach.
The truth, however, is that writers share little in common in terms of work habits. Well, maybe there is one: The Knickerbocker Rule. Richard Rhodes reported that his former boss, Conrad Knickerbocker, used to say, "Rhodes, you apply ass to chair."
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