Monday, May 27, 2013

How Winston Churchill wrote his speeches

This is the quote that Dollygirl wrote today from dictation.  It's from Never Give In.
Churchill used several unusual methods. He learned to write his speeches out to the last word and to use a “psalm form” in which each phrase appeared on its own line according to the desired emphasis. This he always did himself, for he never used speech writers. He learned to create the illusion of spontaneity by putting prompts or stage directions in the margins of his text. Cues like “pause: grope for word” and “stammer, correct self” adorned the copy of the speech in his hand, which many in attendance assumed to be notes on issues rather than his full text. To master these, he practiced—sometimes up to eight hours for one speech—in front of a mirror, often doing his best work in the bathtub.

Bathtub with tray found on

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