A Conversation with Daily Beast senior columnist Matt K. Lewis about Writing (and Consuming) the News
Thanks for the interview? Good job. Is this is the first time you’ve posted an interview? If so, I would recommend you continue doing this.
That’s for this interview - it was straightforward and very informative for writers (especially one’s writing a book for the first time and columns in different outlets)
Great interview. I agree with his choice of dinner guests apart fromDon DeLillo, who in not familiar with. My third guest would have been Borges 😁
"My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea. That’s the way to get an idea.” Absolutely. When I was at college a lecturer told us of a writer (I don't recall who) who was interviewed:
Interviewer: what do you do in order to write?
Writer: I wait for inspiration.
Interviewer: what do I do while waiting for inspiration?
Writer: I write.
Also loved the Andy Rooney advice. Also like the way you teased book recommendations from the interview. Good work.
I don’t watch news pr read politics, but if it were more like Matt Lewis I could be interested. Thanks. I appreciate his demeanor and the way he talks about things.
On just showing up to write, Stephen King also gave similar advice!
"Don’t wait for the muse. As I’ve said, he’s a hardheaded guy who’s not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering. This isn’t the Ouija board or the spirit-world we’re talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks. Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you’re going to be every day from nine ’til noon. Or seven ’til three. If he does know, I assure you that sooner or later he’ll start showing up.” - Stephen King, On Writing.