How do writers actually get the writing done? Let us count the ways. Woody Allen has been typing up screenplays and stories on the same old Olympia Portable typewriter he bought when he was 16 years old. Jonathan Lethem writes almost exclusively on a computer. To other writers, like director and author Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the inkwell is their bloodline. "Use a pen," he says, it allows you to "feel the words" as you write them. Beyond the tactile quality of creation, he also likes to be reminded of the words he first uses before crossing out and swapping for something more fitting. In a way, it captures the evolution of his thought process. "Sometimes if you write on another form like a computer, you just quickly switch one word for the other. Whereas I like to see the word which had vanished, and then the word which takes its place." Michael Lindsay-Hogg is most recently the author of "Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond."