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I receive Esquire magazine in my mailbox once a month. For a glossy, high circ publication, Esquire is actually chock full of information that I just “get.” I suppose this is the sliver of my closet metrosexual side peeking through the keyhole, but I find the writing in Esquire better than good and manage to finish each issue with new knowledge about something. I don’t mind paying the $12 per year to subscribe. I also get Rolling Stone, but I get that as a gift from my daughter and she snags the copies as soon as they come into the house, so I’m always behind in reading that magazine.

In the December ’07 issue of Esquire, deep into the magazine on Page 196 or something like that, there’s a small quarter page article simply titled “Method Writing.” Here’s an excerpt:

Last night, I read a book titled Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, which I highly recommend to Van Halen completists. Oddly, the “hook” for this book seems to be its introduction: For reasons that are never completely clear, the author, Ian Christe, felt he would not be qualified to write a book about Van Halen unless he taught himself to play “Eruption” on guitar, which he did.

The author goes into the purpose (and trend) of method writing, in which writers throw themselves quite literally into their literary works. For example, one novelist working on a book about vampires forced himself to drink a shot of human blood. He, of course, vomited immediately afterwards, but he could say he experienced the taste “thrill” of drinking human blood upon completion of the book. Sounds like a PR stunt to me. Matt and Meredith of The Today Show would certainly grimace when interviewing the author about that experience.

So what of this method writing? The author poignantly states that such titles as The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom, must be a certain failure because obviously Albom didn’t die and go to heaven to write the book. It’s baseless. Same goes for The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne because, clearly, a book about a secret cannot be a secret. Therefore the author failed.

I’ve not done any method writing, consciously that is. While much of the blog posts on these pages are about my life, I suppose I could say I’m a method blogger. But to really write in true “method” fashion, I’ll need to pick a subject I’m interested in and then experience it directly.

In the future, please watch for my new book, Sex In Its Purest Form wherever books are sold. The research process might be arduous, but I’m up for it.

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