Art is not about being right. It’s about being you.
Good writers are good readers.
I never believed in this sentiment. I thought that any story worth telling would pour out of you, unhindered and unadulterated by the influence of others. Until now. Thanks to a fairly intense editing class, I have been force fed an abundance of short stories by American greats, analyzing them to death in quick succession and without time to pause for breath.
I have also started writing short stories, coming out of a year-long writers’ block by breaking into a format I had not seriously attempted before. Coincidence? I think not…
I used to want buyers for my words.
Now I wish someone would buy me away from words . . .
I’m so tired of what I’ve been doing.
With our garnered free time, we are more apt to drain our creative springs than to fill them. With our pitchers, we attempt sometimes to water a field, not a garden. We throw ourselves indiscriminately into committees and causes. Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands with distractions. Instead of stilling the center, the axis of the wheel, we add more centrifugal activities to our lives – which tend to throw us off balance. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This is just one quote from a beautiful little book on simplicity and creativity called Gift from the Sea. I picked it up in a bookshop in Denver, and have been feeding off it ever since.
‘Write what you know’
This is probably the worst writing advice I have ever heard. I write about what I do not understand. If I am confused by something, or would like to know more about something, I will instantly concoct a story line that will enable me to explore it more deeply. It’s just the way I think.
This is why I don’t do extensive outlining:
Since I left home, I have found it more difficult to write. They say it is harder to create when you’re happy.