The trial-and-error writing method

via Wikimedia

“His routine procedure seems to have been to start a novel with some structural plan which ordinarily soon proved defective, whereupon he would cast about for a new plot which would overcome the difficulty, rewrite what he had already written, and then push on until some new defect forced him to repeat the process once again.”

Franklin Rogers on Mark Twain’s trial-and-error writing method

via Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity? by Malcolm Gladwell

 

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