Thursday, April 27, 2006

What little I know about writing a book

And to think I thought writing a book was a solitary affair, the writer hunched over the keyboard or pad of paper suffering through hours of isolation: the writer, words, and ideas being the only things in the room.

Turns out I was wrong.

Writing a book in today's world is more like working as a writer on a TV show: meetings and collective writing sessions. Perhaps Kaavya Viswanathan wishes it were more like the old days (not that at her young age the "old days" means what to her what it means to me).

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