John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods, Incorruptibles, and Infernal Machines recently met up with fantasy author Sanford Allen, who related a meeting with David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bone Clocks. Apparently, Mitchell spent a bit of time buying Allen drinks and asking for stories of Allen’s time as a touring musician.
But this was not just a pleasant evening out for two writers talking shop—this was also an opportunity for Mitchell to share the art of “IWATH,” or, to spell it out, “I WAS THERE.”
Jacobs shared the anecdote on Twitter, explaining the concept of IWATH:
Normally, I don’t go in for concrete writing advice tips – everyone has to figure out their process, and what’s right for them – but in this case, Sanford revealed Mitchell’s very specific trick to writing. He called it IWATH ...