“Every time I start on a new book, I am a beginner again. I doubt myself, I grow discouraged, all the work accomplished in the past is as though it never was. My first drafts are so shapeless that it seems impossible to go on with the attempt at all, right up until the moment…when it has become impossible not to finish it.” --Simone de Beauvoir, Force of Circumstance
“Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside us.” -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Choose one of the following prompts:
Tell me about the unexpressed music that is still inside you
Write about someone you know who died with the music still locked inside them. Tell me about who they might have been and what kept them from it.
“Writing is a struggle against silence.” --Carlos Fuentes
Tell me about all the different kinds of silence you have known. Start each paragraph with the words, "There is the kind of silence..."... [Continue Reading]
“Most of us have ongoing obsessions, sometimes as a result of difficult, tragic, magical, or unexpected events or circumstances in our lives. Sometimes these are the things we studiously avoid in writing about, but sooner or later we come to realize they are our bedrock material. The fact is that writing, like any creative undertaking, carries with it both pain and great joy. The pain is often inherent in the most fertile subject matter; the joy lies in transforming that subject matter and thus moving through it in a way that helps us grow while we create something of value to others.” --Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir