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“From July 1999 to June 2000, Radiohead’s guitarist, Ed O’Brien, kept an online diary in which he described and updated fans on the recording process for Kid A and Amnesiac.”
July 22, 1999 - thom arrives & plays a new song on the acoustic. sounds great but has no name, so now on referred to as the song with no name. we move on to “lost at sea/in limbo” after only nine months work its starting to sound like its getting somewhere. good in fact. The others sound ok too.( everything, everyone/the national anthem). highlight of the day is attempting 3 part harmonies on “neil young *9”- not the harmonies themselves, but phil cracking up because he feels a bit like that drummer from the eagles. a fucking brilliant rehearsal. its great to be in our band.
I read this as Ed was writing it (14 years ago! ack!) but it might be even more interesting in hindsight.
It is, of course, a fantastic example of Show Your Work!
Marie Myung-Ok writes about getting writing done while being on the internet:
I work via slow accretions of often seemingly unrelated stuff. When I complete that unwieldy, puzzling first draft, I spread it out on the desk like a soothsayer viewing entrails, and try to find patterns. If asked, I might pretty up my process and call it bricolage or intellectual scrapbooking, but it really is merely the result of a magpie mind/brain, one that flits from one shiny thing to another. While I still work in my plodding way, the ever renewing bits of information in my Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr feeds provide endless fodder, like going shell collecting on the beach on a normal day versus the day after a hurricane when the ocean has burped up every interesting bit of stuff imaginable.
I like this bit about using social media as a warmup to the “real” work…
One of my lifelong superstitions is to never talk about any work when it’s in progress — lest its essential energy leak out into the atmosphere rather than the page — but I have no such inhibitions doing unrelated, throwaway writing while I’m writing. In fact, I find that posting a tweet or a Facebook status update can be a nice little warm-up, mental knuckle-cracking before getting down to the real business.
…but I would make the case again: you don’t really know what’s Big Writing and little writing. Something that starts as a throwaway might turn into something else later. Writing is writing.