Notes from a conversation I never had with Paul Auster

Posted: January 19, 2015 in graffiti living
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I do have a few unusual writing habits — I’m a dinosaur now. I write everything by hand and type it up on an old manual typewriter, an Olympia 1961. … I can say this, I’ve never been able to compose on a keyboard. I need a pen or a pencil in my hand, feel that it’s a very physical activity. When I write, words are literally coming out of my body. — Paul Auster

Writing notes scribbled in my notebook:

Put one story up against another.
Get away from where you live for a while.
Life is fragile and chaos.
How can we penetrate the inner workings of another person when we can barely understand ourselves?
When in doubt, write it out.
Writers are inveterate liars.
You’re allowed to contradict yourself.
Typewriters are cool.
Always carry a pencil.

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Comments
  1. Moe says:

    I read your blog post for the #yourturnchallenge, and looking forward to staying connected for 2015!

    • Thanks Moe, I’ve sent you a follow request on Twitter (@jamesgarside_) as a thank you. I see your account is private though, so I won’t be offended if you don’t accept. All the best, Jim

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