April 4, 2009
Method to Madness
I love the sound of this, and plan to try it:
I remove my glasses, pull a stocking cap down over my eyes, and type the first draft single-spaced on the yellow paper in the actual and metaphorical darkness behind my closed eyes, trying to avoid being distracted by syntax or diction or punctuation or grammar or spelling or word choice or anything else that would block the immediate delivery of the story.
The author uses a typewriter, but this intentional blinding seems even more appealing in the context of a laptop. These things are wonderful, terrible distraction machines, and while you can always subvert technology with more technology, I think a stocking cap over the eyes sounds just about right.