No one ever said writing would be easy.
I have read and heard words of advice and inspiration about writing since I was a teenager.
Many were useful in their own way.
The best advice was given to me by my friend Lynn.
Lynn, the expert skier, who taught me to drink German alt bier and who gave me this nugget when we were in our twenties.
“Just take out a piece of paper and start to write. If you can’t think of anything to write about, write whatever comes into your head. You can always edit later.”
I have used Lynn’s method countless times and it always works.
Words from a Pulitzer Prize Winner
“I x-ray sentences; I claw away a paragraph and reshape it as carefully as I can, and test it again, and peer into the pages to see if things in there are any clearer, any more resolved. Often they are not. But to write a story is to inch backward and forward along a series of planks you are cantilevering out into the darkness, plank by plank, inch by inch, and the best you can hope is that each day you find yourself a little bit farther out over the abyss.” Four Seasons in Rome
I am currently reading and enjoying Four Seasons in Rome.
Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulizter Prize for Fiction in 2015. It is an excellent book.