David Rakoff on Writing

You want your piece to be “the world.” And of course it isn’t “the world”. But you go in with these sort of larger, lofty dreams that you have for anything that you might approach writing wise.

That said, I never approach a story with “how can I make this weighty, how can I make it mean something.” I really do just approach it with my notebook and a pen and I just think, “My task right now, the task at hand, is to right as much as possible.” Something happens, right it down. Think of something, write it down.

In that case, it’s very much like a gerbal on a wheel. I’m just trying to get as many words of notes into my notebook and then into my brain.

It’s in the committing those notes later on to the keyboard where I can expand on them.