Writing advice from Richard Wagamese: when you start to think, stop.
As so often happens in life, Wagamese asks us to accept the counterintuitive. One would assume that the best advice would be, “When you start to think, start.” Certainly, many writers start out that way, but, curiously, when they do, the process is a struggle and the writing comes out forced, drab and lifeless. The writer develops a headache while she strains and sweats over a keyboard, and then she walks away discouraged when she reads strung-together words that don’t live and breathe into story.
For writing to be true, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, it breathes to life from that “something more” part of us, not from formulaic structures and proper grammar. Continue reading