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December 06, 2004

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That's the thing about the films we've made, that they are an appropriation of a lot of mistakes, and I think that's a really important dialogue that I should have with other kids... You can't learn how to make films. You gotta make mistakes and you have appropriate the mistakes, and then you learn from those things, and then you have a voice. -- Christopher Doyle, cinematographer on Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild, Chung King Express and Zhang Yimou's Hero.


http://www.greencine.com/article?action=view&articleID=168

isn't this a list of how male artists work? where are the women?

Yes, you're right, but that wasn't the intention. The women are in the same place as all the other men: still on our list to do, it's just worked out that way so far.

Feel free to help Tara: suggest some names and their methods/routines.

Here's one to start us off. Virginia Woolf used to write standing up:
http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/2004/12/how_we_work_vir.html

George Sand, the French 19thc writer (and a woman), also used to write standing up.

I conduct a similar project in search of where people get their flash of ideas ("Creativity Gallery"), which can be found on my magazine's site. It is a collection of answers of people from all around the world, man and female, famous or not. Hope your entries grow, as I believe that anything which shows the impact of creativity is worthwile to read and to collect.

My best wishes,
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There's an interesting article on writers' different writing styles at:

http://www.daily-self-improvement.info/archives/how_to_identify_your_own_style_of_writing.html

Where is Virginia Woolf? The link on her name goes to Zander.

Woolf is at http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/2004/12/how_we_work_vir.html

(Link fixed, thanks)

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell talks about how he works in this Guardian article:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/politicsphilosophyandsociety/story/0,6000,1430717,00.html

I like to begin with the relationship of my work to my time. I think a 'project' (a unit of work for a specific time range) is a better way of approaching a specific, complex task. I still think specialization in 3 or 4 areas is necessary for experience and context. I sort of felt my way around the topic with my post 'On Work' (http://frye.blogs.com/thebox/2004/10/on_work.html). But as soon as I am settled and working in Berlin, I will be fleshing out this topic in much more detail. Thanks for the post.

you may have seen this already; the writers of the onion revealed at:
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/04/12/Floridian/Peeling_the_Onion.shtml

their style: argue until it's right.

This on Paolozzi from the Guardian obit - feel free to delete this comment, Mr Rod, if you want to repurpose into a proper post in this series .... D.

"Those who knew him rarely saw Paolozzi at work. His day seemed to consist of diversions. He would flip idly through magazines or folders filled with clippings, go for a drink at the Chelsea Arts Club close to his studio, lunch at the Royal College of Art, or dine in one of the several restaurants where, thanks to gifts of his sculpture or prints, he never saw a bill. But he was prodigiously productive, working for several hours very early in the morning and late at night, when he knew he would not be interrupted."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1468451,00.html

There's a section you might be interested in from Harold Pinter's nobel acceptance speech about how he works...
http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture-e.html

Great blog!

need to put pictures on of the artrists work so that people can see wat extrdinary pices of art they do in there busy life

If I could explain to anyone how I work to end up with the stories I write.I would not be able to call what I do work.
The fact is I don't think of what I am doing as work. I have to write,the characters live inside my mind until I release them to paper. Besides, I haven't received a dime for anyhting I've done. My first screen play is somewhere in Oliver Stone's office buried in a file cabinet or shredded by now. Doesn't one usually get paid for work?

PEOPLE ARE CHANTING "LEM YOU IN" INSIDE OF ME. IT IS A CRY OF DESIRES...A FINANCIER APPRECIATED. IF YOU ARE OF FURTHER HELP,
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I believe that women have work habits, too. I did not find many of them on your list. I think that is why fewer women than men get published. Hardly anyone but another woman cares or dares to hear them.

P.S. Time to update your website. No comments since 2006?

Nancy, as was mentioned a while back (see the comment above at http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/2004/12/how_we_work.html#comment-3049023), do please feel free to help in that effort by suggesting some work habits of women - I'd love to feature more of them.

I am a web and information designer. Unlike most creative professionals (writers, designers, software developers) I keep my physical and mental workspace scrupulously clean and undecorated. I clean my physical workspace every morning upon arriving and delete or file the stuff on my computer desktop every afternoon upon leaving. I have seen my "productivity" treble or quadruple since acquiring this habit. I write more about this on my blog (http://axoplasm.blogspot.com/2008/02/perspective.html)

I once read Michael Caine's description of working with Sir Laurence Olivier on Sleuth. Olivier turned up the first day and was morose, couldn't get to grips with the part. The next day he was wearing a moustache and it fell into place. He said it was always like that for him, he needed some bit of business, a bit of costume, to make a part work. It's like that for me, I think. I can't get interested in a book until I've found something to do with the page - Japanese characters, statistical graphics, anything that isn't just English sentences. I do sometimes write books by racking up 1000 words a day, but they go on feeling tame and unadventurous until I find something that changes the texture of the page.

Thanks for that Helen - I'm going to add your thoughts as a new entry to How We Work, so do feel free to add more!

A woman's POV: well, I have a moleskine journal, (http://www.powells.com/biblio/66-9788883705045-0), which I use to write everything I do at work down. When I make a call, I carry the phone number and notes from the discussion forward. I also write down everything that happens at meetings. To differentiate between days/meetings/calls I change the color of the pen I am using. I have a rainbow set of pens on my desk, ready to use. This book has saved my bacon many times. It is hard to forget to do things when you write them down...

You really need to do a better job at finding some women to interview.

Angela, as was mentioned a while back, do feel free to help in that effort by suggesting some work habits of women.

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Please move the women up a little higher on your "to do" list. :-)

I wrote a guest post a while ago on how I work as a writer - http://bit.ly/ZKJA4 - and my website is full of proven tools, tips & strategies from my business career on working productively and happily. Hope you find both to be interesting and useful!

Thank you for this post. It's so much fun! I'm putting a link to it in my Updates section.

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