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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Novel Written on a TPC!

Wired Magazine has a short interview with science fiction writer, Richard Powers, on his new novel, The Echo Maker. The following is from the interview:

You wrote most of The Echo Maker on a tablet PC running voice recognition software. How did you arrive at that method of composition?

I've always wanted the freedom to be completely disembodied when I'm writing, to feel as if I'm in a pure compositional state. Typing is a highly unnatural activity, and your writing style ends up reflecting the cognitive shackles. When I started to use the tablet, things that are extremely difficult to do on a word processor opened up to me. I could also make drawings to see what a character looked like, and these sketches would be integrated into my research. Part of the mystery of The Echo Maker hinges upon what happened on a certain stretch of road on the night of the accident. I figured that out visually by drawing the scene over and over and seeing how all the elements moved in relationship to one another.

Hmm… I may have to check it out. I totally agree with him about how TPCs open up and allow you to do things that other computers tend to block. I've been planning to blog on doodling and the creative process…

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