Friday, June 23, 2006

Ned Vizzini answers questions for the NYT

Ned Vizinni answers readers' questions at the New York Times.

Here's a really good question and an interesting answer about Vizinni's writing process:

  • "Q. 6. Now that this is your third book, do you have a process or a structure in place of how you approach writing your books? Asking as a young writer working on my first book. — JaCarlo Hairston, Baltimore, Md. "
  • "Good luck! I wish I could say that I had discovered the formula and found a foolproof method for writing books, but I don't. They have all been different. Teen Angst? Naaah... was a collection of essays written over several years, Be More Chill was a mostly pleasant process of writing regularly, and It's Kind of a Funny Story was a mad month-long dash to exorcise some demons. My approach is to come up with an idea and begin hacking away at it — I'll know soon enough if it's good enough. "