Nabokov arises early in the morning and works. He does his writing on filing cards, which are gradually copied, expanded, and rearranged until they become his novels.
I’ve had a new idea for a longer project rolling around in my mind. I think I will try Nabokov’s method (with index cards) to write the first draft of it. It seems similar to my usual method anyway — writing very short pieces that may or may not become a sequential whole. The only real difference would be writing the pieces out by hand, rather than typing out the pieces in one document on a computer. I’m curious how the quality of the writing will differ.
I was originally going to joke that I’ll pass on the rising early in the morning part — but you know what? I think I will try that as well.
I’ll post pictures of it on the blog as it comes along. I always find it interesting to see how writers work, so I’ll try to make this attempt transparent.
(Quote from an Art of Fiction interview.)