Sunday, 8 March 2015

Kazuo Ishiguro writing



One of Palimpsest's favourite books is Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. I was wondering what kind of instrument Ishiguro uses when I came across this piece published in the Paris review where the author explains his writing routine:

I have two desks. One has a writing slope and the other has a computer on it. The computer dates from 1996. It’s not connected to the Internet. I prefer to work by pen on my writing slope for the initial drafts. I want it to be more or less illegible to anyone apart from myself. The rough draft is a big mess. I pay no attention to anything to do with style or coherence. I just need to get everything down on paper. If I’m suddenly struck by a new idea that doesn’t fit with what’s gone before, I’ll still put it in. I just make a note to go back and sort it all out later. Then I plan the whole thing out from that. I number sections and move them around. By the time I write my next draft, I have a clearer idea of where I’m going. This time round, I write much more carefully.

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The Paris Review, no. 196
Ishiguro interviewed by Sussanah Hunnewell

1 comment:

  1. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that he would use a writing slope and begin his drafts by hand.

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