“I didn’t have any idea if it was going to be a book, or something else, or maybe just something for the kids, so I just went back to what I thought was the beginning and started to write,” he said.
Springsteen wrote “intermittently for seven years,” as there was no rush.
“Mainly, I was trying to write as well as I could, and having all of that time to do it gave me a chance to come back to it fresh,” he said.
He added that he approached the original manuscript the same way as the “songwriting process in that you write down your first thoughts, which is your blueprint, and you see if you have something that can be worked on. Then I’ll go into each verse and rewrite it.
“The hardest part was the third [part of the] book where you had to write about the present, because it’s all people you are living with in your life today,” he said. "That was the most challenging part. Stuff that was in the past, [it] just felt like you had a lot of freedom there.”
Born to Run is available for preorder at Brucespringsteenbook.com. The companion album -- Born to Run: Chapter and Verse -- drops on Sept. 23. The record features five unreleased tracks, and can be ordered here.
In other news, the music from all three of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's recent shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will be released both digitally and in CD form on Sept. 12 through the official website.
Watch the video below: