Dylan Brody is an American story-teller, humorist and demolisher of concrete blocks. In 2012 he published The Modern Depression Guidebook; a satirical jab at the self-help genre and tongue-in-cheek analysis of one of the most significant, yet publicly under-discussed health issues of the 21st century, depression. By tongue-in-cheek, we don’t mean poke fun. Far from it. Dylan suffers from recurring depression and decided to address the condition the only way he knew how, by applying a little laughter.
In this, the second in a series of interviews marking the re-release of The Modern Depression Guidebook, we talk to Dylan about his creative process. Here he describes his writing routine, delivers tips, talks about the screenplay he’s been writing for the book, sheds light on the collaborative activity of co-writing and reveals the number one most important part of the book creation process that he believes every aspiring novelist should get right.
We’ll be publishing the third and final interview with Dylan, in which he talks about himself, very soon, but right now, enjoy the musings of one of America’s stand-out funny men and purveyor of fine words on his writing process.
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1. Do you have a regular writing routine? Can you describe it to us?
I really don’t have a regular writing routine. I write what needs to get done in whatever time I have. When I’m inspired – working on my own longer projects – I can write sixteen or eighteen hours a day, breaking for meals and naps. I lose track of time. When I’m working on something for a paycheck, I tend to work much the same way. In between long-form works, I come up with shorter stuff on a near-daily basis, a one-liner here, a poem there and so on. A news story will inspire a piece for Huffington Post or NPR and I’ll sit down to it, crank it out in an hour and then do a quick polish before submitting. There are a couple of story-telling rooms in Los Angeles that give me regular stage time so that sort of forces me to come up with something new each week whether I feel inspired or not. Continue reading