I’m stalled on my manuscript just now—I know, this is not what you want to hear! So I thought I’d take a short break and post some more sage advice from my high school writing students.
Tom C. Fordil, bless him, in ten short minutes summed up my exact struggle!
Below are his thoughts on the writing life. Impressive stuff!
I learned many things this year in Creative Writing. I went through experiences that were both encouraging and sometimes difficult.
First, I learned that writing is not easy. You can try as hard as you like, but it will never be easy to break through that barrier between your mind and the paper or screen. Once you’ve broken it, though, words might flow. Until the wall rebuilds itself.Also, I’ve discovered that you always need to rewrite. You have to put something down on the page. You can fix it later, but get something down first. Most of the time, the first stuff you write will be crummy.
Finally, I learned that it can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. You can get all your anger, frustration, sadness, and wit down on paper. Where everyone can read it … but no one can see.