“Treat it like a job and Divorce it utterly from all notions of a job: Both things are true.”
In order to write THROUGH the story, I had to relive it. And in my case that meant reliving these specific things:
—the death of my daughter —the abuse I suffered from my father —the self destructions I inflicted on my self
—the longing for a mother drowned by alcoholism
Truth: I’m not religious about prayer. Bigger Truth: I want to be. Or maybe I am? Let me be clear: G. O. D. What that is for me on any given day can change – this much I know. What I call it changes, too.
“My own sense is that writers are blocked mostly by their own inhibitions about being truthful on the page, and about allowing themselves success.”