You’re out on the high wire, where all the good writing, all the good art, always is.
How can my small personal imperfect work possibly matter when the world seems aflame?
Fewer, more precise words, deliver your moment with more impact and clarity.
If you’re game, the study of acting can really help a writer.
Amazing endings are less often amazing because of what happens there, than because what happens there seems the logical conclusion of everything that came before it.
Your doing this, your creating some boundaries and showing up to do your writing will train your loved ones, as well as you, as to what that time at your desk means.
If you do your best work, you won’t be able to predict how it will act in the world, or upon the world. And this is good, because it may be smarter than you. It might do better work if you’re out of the way.
The point of staring, really—and I’d say all poets know this—is to see below the surface of what you’re looking at
Because part of being a writer is having something to say, even if you don’t understand where it comes from or even exactly what it means.
Too much control, well, you’ll write a well-crafted story where the sentences may be pleasing, but it lies flat on the page. Too much release, then you can end up confusing and frustrating your reader, or lost in the woods because you got excited and ran off the trail.