Writers’ rooms

The Guardian has a great series on the rooms writers work in. The one above is where Hanif Kureishi does his stuff:

I usually work in the morning, I try to start around seven and work until around midday and then I do other things. I’ve got several typewriters but you can’t get the ribbons. Computers are a mercy for writers, but they do encourage books that are too long. I write by hand first and then type it up. Writing with a fountain pen is a real pleasure and many writers are pen queens – you’d be surprised at how some of the toughest guys can’t wait to tell you about their new Mont Blanc.

A fountain pen? Whatever floats your boat, dude. You can have my PC when you pry my cold dead fingers from the keyboard.

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2 thoughts on “Writers’ rooms

  1. C.M. Mayo says:

    Hola Steven, fun post. Speaking of PCs— it’s just way too tempting to check e-mail and blogs (such as yours!) so I’ve started writing by hand again— preferably in a coffee shop. It’s the tortoise method– slo-o-o-o-w but sure. As for fountain pens, yecch!

  2. Fred Kiesche says:

    I know that Neal Stephenson started writing his massive Baroque Cycle in fountain pen. I think he did the first draft that way. Seeing that translated into three books of 2,672 hardcover pages…imagine the pile of notebooks, scratchpads and the like it started from!

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