Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process
by John McPhee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a writer's memoir much more than a book on how to write. It did have some helpful tips about the writing process and I loved the note arrangement process where everything got typed up and then cut into slivers for rearranging and grouping into files to give specific chunks of the piece to work on. McPhee later started using software to do this which I personally found much less appealing. The stories about working at the New Yorker were great and pointed me to what sounds like the best job ever--fact checker. You get an article from the writer and then you research to prove that everything in it is true. So basically you read and poke around in reference materials all day and get a new topic to look into with each article.
I listened to the audiobook version of this which is very well narrated by the author.