Hemingway said this: write about what hurts.
I re-discovered this quote yesterday during a long train journey. Instead of caffeine, I dived into the pages of my writing mentor and teacher Natalie Golderg’s book, Thunder and Lightening, knowing if I let the book fall open, it would feed me. I’m writing a story for a competition, which is probably the best way to get writer’s block! Natalie’s words are like putting balm on a wound that won’t close. The wound in this case being my search for the structure for my story. When all else fails, or has been tried, ‘write about what hurts’ and the structure will form around that, because it’s in that piece/peace that the writer’s offering is made.
Deep sigh of relief.
What’s your writing wound?