Category Archives: Author’s Notes

Norman Mailer’s Spreadsheet for Harlot’s Ghost

Jeez, this one makes Rowling’s spreadsheet for The Order of the Phoenix look simple. Mailer is basically just listing events throughout the 1960s, with the dates down the left hand side, and then using the rest of the columns to detail each … Continue reading

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JK Rowling’s Handwritten Spreadsheet for The Order of the Phoenix

I always find it interesting to examine other writers’ methods, and handwritten notes can often be more insightful than hearing an author being interviewed. As you can see, this spreadsheet shows how J.K. Rowling structured part of the fifth Harry Potter novel The Order of … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie’s Writing Process

Agatha Christie’s grandson uses the prolific author’s notebooks to provide a glimpse into her writing process.

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