Laila Lalami, author of “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits” and “Secret Son,” blogs about her novel in progress. She keeps her notes and drafts in boxes. I do not do this. I often don’t even take notes when I’m doing research. I like to keep everything in my head. This means that sometimes I have to do the research again, to fact check myself. But I prefer it that way.
Lalami is right when she says the writing process is idiosyncratic. Anything you read anywhere about writing process is someone’s opinion or personal practice. And that thought will lead us to my next post.