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Thinking, writing, doing: directors tell us how they write screenplays. Musicians lay bare their songbooks. Writers reveal how they draft scenarios. Designers open up their idea books. Creative minds explain how they execute projects. We share all this and much more in regular newsletters exclusively at Writers & Thinkers.

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“When I write by hand, I produce different sorts of sentences than when I’m on the computer. I’d say the handwritten ones tend to be better.”

Norman Ohler is a Berlin-based author. In the 1990s, he wrote Die Quotenmaschine, the first internet novel in literary history. In addition to a number of other novels, he published the non-fiction work Der totale Rausch (English translation: Blitzed) in 2015. Drawing on previously unknown original materials, Ohler explored the subject of drug use in the military of the Third Reich and by Adolph Hitler. The work was a worldwide sensation, prompting translations into more than 30 languages and landing a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. His latest published work is his novel Harro & Libertas, about the leaders of a resistance group in the Third Reich.

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