Introduction to Method writing

Ever since I opened up about being a Method writer, the most frequent question I've received is:

"What the fuck is Method writing?"

That's completely fair, I think, though a bit strange when it comes to how we approach this with actors. Most people have at least a passing knowledge of Method acting: that classic technique of more or less fusing with a character until the borders between actor and invention blur to the point of confusion. Even actor Christian Bale (BATMAN, AMERICAN PSYCHO, EQUILIBRIUM) once remarked that his wife enjoyed bedding so many different men thanks to his Method behavior.

But: Method writing. How would that work?

I've been Method writing since before I knew there was a term for it. It was Quentin Tarantino who cleared this up for me. He mentioned in an interview that during the writing of KILL BILL, he entered a department store and found himself wanting to browse the ladies' clothing department. This confused him, until it finally hit him: it was a character in the screenplay interested in having a look. He referred to this as Method writing, and the relief I felt in finally understanding what I'd been experiencing since young adulthood was fantastic. Obviously, as a writer, the idea of having a word for this thing was exhilarating.

My method of Method writing, if you will, is slightly embroidered upon, but that's something for another post.