The advance copies for Sage Cohen‘s new book The Productive Writer just showed up. This was a fun book to edit… the book is full of helpful tips, checklists, and charts for planning and organizing every aspect of your writing life from generating ideas to keeping a productive writing schedule to self promotion.
I had an opportunity to ask Sage a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I never really thought about wanting to be a writer. From a very young age, writing was just something I did––like breathing––to stay alive. In my early 20’s, it occurred to me that I wrote poems every day, and perhaps that meant that I was a poet. It was a bit of a shock, really, to discover that I was a writer when I had no self-consciousness about it for so long.
What was the first thing you ever wrote?
While it was certainly not the first thing I ever wrote, my 10th grade paper on “The Once and Future King” was my initiation into the alchemies of the writing life. I remember carefully articulating my three-point argument to back up my thesis statement, just as we were instructed to do. And then, when I arrived at the conclusion, it sort of wrote its way through me. I lost conscious control and some other impulse drew the unifying revelation out and onto the paper. It was almost a mystical experience. I was hooked.