Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Why write? To be surprised

Teaching, much like motherhood, can revive ideas and views. When I asked the memoir writing students in my class at Politics & Prose bookstore to introduce themselves and say what brought them there, one student said that she came "to be surprised" by what she might write.

So simple and so true. While outlines and planning are important, it is also important to simply write, make discovers and yes, be surprised.

After all, you can't create something truly new if you simply repeat what has been written before.

I'll be back to the manuscript editing with fresh eyes tomorrow. 

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