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Getting to the Point

Bonni Brodnick
Sep 15 · 4 min read
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I once attended a lecture by novelist John Irving. He discussed the mechanics of writing The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, and his other masterpieces of fiction. He also talked about how he writes. The John Irving Technique is to write the end of a novel first, then make your way back to the beginning. He also prefers to write by hand.