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Loyal to Laptops?
June 19, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I was recently enjoying a re-read of Lake Wobegon, Summer 1956, when I took note of your photo on the back flap in which you are hunched over a laptop in deep thought. Two questions, then: 1. Are you REALLY in deep thought or merely posing as such with the intent of looking "authorly" and 2. Do you compose your novels on a laptop? I ask because as a flailing failing novelist, these trivialities are important to me. My fellow failures will understand...
They asked me to pose at the laptop and so I did and once I sat down I got engrossed in something I'd been working on. As for the novels, I wrote the first one on a Selectric typewriter and the second on an old CPT word-processing machine and then got a Toshiba laptop and I've been loyal to laptops ever since although a novel wants to get out of the computer and onto paper several times in the course of composition. The novel I'm working on now has been back and forth a couple of times: you print out a double-spaced typescript and revise it and type the revisions into the computer and a few months later you do it again. And then at the end, you get galleys from the printer and rewrite it there, and again if necessary. It's always good to see the work in a new format. It gives you fresh eyes.