Many years ago, when I had fully transitioned out of theatre and into the corporate world, I would listen to my old rehearsal tapes on my commute to work. I loved the sound of learning a piece of music: the music director counting off the beat, breaking down a phrase into sections of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass—discussing the interpretation of the music, bad notes, fixed notes, laughter, and then putting it all back together.
Bit by bit, putting it together.
-Stephen Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George
(Oh yes, Mr. Sondheim, we will talk about you someday soon, my friend…)
These days, I am drawn to the sound of authors discussing their writing and creative process.
Do they write early in the morning or late into the night?
Where do they find their ideas?
What do they find most challenging about writing?
Seth Meyers recently interviewed Paul Beatty regarding his book The Sellout. There is some interesting conversation here about Beatty’s writing philosophy, including the question- Are you a Completionist or a Perfectionist? Hm…