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Writing process There is a range of approaches that writers take to the task of writing.
Each writer needs to find their own process and most describe it as more or less a struggle. Before the invention of photocopiers and electronic text storage, a writer's work had to be stored on paper, which meant it was very susceptible to fire in particular.
In very early times, writers used vellum and clay which were more robust materials.
Writers whose work was destroyed before completion include L. Zamenhofthe inventor of Esperantowhose years of work were thrown into the fire by his father because he was afraid that "his son would be thought a spy working code".
A History when it was mistakenly thrown into the fire by a maid. He wrote it again from the beginning.
Angus Wilsonfor example, wrote for a number of hours every morning. Happy are they who don't doubt themselves and whose pens fly across the page Gustave Flaubert writing to Louise Colet  Sole[ edit ] Most writers write alone — typically they are engaged in a solitary activity that requires them to struggle with both the concepts they are trying to express and the best way to express it.
This may mean choosing the best genre or genres as well as choosing the best words. Writers often develop idiosyncratic solutions to the problem of finding the right words to put on a blank page or screen.
Goethe couldn't write a line if there was another person anywhere in the same house, or so he said at some point. In this approach, it is highly likely the writers will collaborate on editing the piece too.
The more usual process is that the editing is done by an independent editor after the writer submits a draft version.
In some cases, such as that between a librettist and composer, a writer will collaborate with another artist on a creative work.
One of the best known of these types of collaborations is that between Gilbert and Sullivan. Gilbert wrote the words for the comic operas created by the partnership. Committee[ edit ] Occasionally, a writing task is given to a committee of writers. The most famous example is the task of translating the Bible into English, sponsored by King James VI of England in and accomplished by six committees, some in Cambridge and some in Oxfordwho were allocated different sections of the text.
The resulting Authorized King James Versionpublished inhas been described as an "everlasting miracle" because its writers that is, its Translators sought to "hold themselves consciously poised between the claims of accessibility and beauty, plainness and richness, simplicity and majesty, the people and the king", with the result that the language communicates itself "in a way which is quite unaffected, neither literary nor academic, not historical, nor reconstructionist, but transmitting a nearly incredible immediacy from one end of human civilisation to another.
William Blake is one of rare poets who created his own paintings and drawings as integral parts of works such as his Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Cartoonists are writers whose work depends heavily on hand drawn imagery.
Other writers, especially writers for children, incorporate painting or drawing in more or less sophisticated ways. Shaun Tanfor example, is a writer who uses imagery extensively, sometimes combining fact, fiction and illustration, sometimes for a didactic purpose, sometimes on commission.
Crowdsourcing Some writers contribute very small sections to a piece of writing that cumulates as a result.
This method is particularly suited to very large works, such as dictionaries and encyclopaedias. The best known example of the former is the Oxford English Dictionaryunder the editorship of lexicographer James Murraywho was provided with the prolific and helpful contributions of W.
Minorat the time an inmate of a hospital for the criminally insane. The many physician writersfor example, have combined their observation and knowledge of the human condition with their desire to write and contributed many poems, plays, translations, essays and other texts.
Some writers write extensively on their motivation and on the likely motivations of other writers. As to "what constitutes success or failure to a writer", it has been described as "a complicated business, where the material rubs up against the spiritual, and psychology plays a big part".
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