“Writing on napkins, or writing in stairwells, or what have you—anything that will trick your mind into thinking, ‘This doesn’t count’—is often when the best writing happens. That’s one reason why, even professionally, I do a lot of writing in a notebook. Writing at a computer means sitting in a chair and facing a glowing box. But if you have a notebook, you can hop up and literally get a change of scenery, and sometimes that will jostle some ideas loose.
“What is it that Thomas Mann says? ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’ I think that that’s definitely true, and that’s probably something that more students especially need to know.”
Leigh Harrison is the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation relationships in the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations.