Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Photo: Author Will Self Covers A Wall With Ideas Written On Post-It Notes

This is from Sunday's LA Times:

I WRITE IDEAS, tropes, images, observations, snippets of dialogue, themes, factoids, descriptions on these Post-it notes and put them in relevant zones on the wall. Then I organize them into scrapbooks, then I turn them into books. Then I write more ideas, etc., on Post-it notes. And so it goes on: the auto-cannibalization of the fictive world. All creative artists fetishize their working methods — but it isn't ever nice to look at. At least I don't think so.

Will Self is the author of many novels, including "The Book of Dave," "Dorian, an Imitation" and "How the Dead Live."