My writing class is going well, sort of. I have a nice idea for my first story submission, that's due on the 1st. But every time I try to sit and write it, I just stare at white. It's evading me and haunting me at the same time. And, well, I have about 10 days now to whip out 10-15 decent pages, so we can add stress to the writer's-block equation.
As I was reading for class just now, I ran across this quote. It comes from Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern—a lively book, mostly written in crafted vignettes on how to improve your writing. I would highly recommend it.
Trust Your Material
You are interesting. Your experiences, your imagination, your perceptions, your emotions are interesting. What is closest to you is valuable for your art. Believe that. Your honesty and your talent are inseparable. Don't falsify by conventionalizing. Your uniqueness lies not in fulfilling cultural stereotypes but in expressing what you really uncover, like it or not. (246-247)This passage—only the beginning to this section—was not assigned reading for class today, but I needed to read it, anyway. I've been needing the push, I think, to believe in the story I want to write and allow myself to do so. Keep your fingers crossed.
What inspiration have you found lately to help you in your writing?