September 15, 2010 § 2 Comments
Vladimir Nabokov’s unfinished manuscript for the novel The Original of Laura was written by hand on138 index cards. This method of writing short paragraphs, fragments of dialogue, etc. on cards that can be rearranged, changed or discarded, seems to me to be a really good way to develop a storyline. I have been wanting to try out this method for myself, and as I recently came upon a box of old index cards, developing a story with the help of index cards will become my next project.
Some articles on The Original of Laura
The Nabokov Code: A first encounter with Laura, his last, unfinished work
In a Sketchy Hall of Mirrors, Nabokov Jousts With Death and Reality
Review: Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original of Laura