Tuesday, December 29, 2015

When What You Write Is "Emotionally Expensive"

I thought this PW piece by author Matt Sumell, "Why Writing Is So Hard" was acerbic, funny, and ultimately, hopeful.

With gems like:

"...as a writer who sometimes uses personal experience as a way into a story, it can and often does get complicated."

"Every story is different, and every story comes with its own specific difficulties, so every story also comes with its own specific anxiety and panic until it’s done. Only—as they say—it’s never done, just abandoned."

"But whatever I lacked in ability I made up for with a stubbornness that borders on diagnosable."


Illustrate and Write On,

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