Not Knowing in Writing


EL Doctorow one said that writing is like driving at night in a fog. You can’t see past those headlights of yours but somehow you get home eventually, creeping along one slow mile at a time.

And though it’s very hard for us, really it’s okay to not know where you’re going when you’re writing. Dani Shapiro writes in her book, “Still Writing,” that, ” … Not knowing is at the heart of the creative endeavor.” (She also does retreats etc. which you might also want to check out.)

I’m sure I’m attracted to things like this as a writer, because I’m a control freak, I can’t bear not knowing where it’s going. But I grow weary of that not knowing, that scary feeling keeping me away from the desk, the computer scream, the blank page of the notebook. And so I began again, and again, and again. As many times as it takes to get the damn thing told.

If this is interesting he was well perhaps you’d like to join us tomorrow evening at 6:30. For two hours working a dive into writing, using a mind-body approach to the adventure.

You can sign up in about a minute on the current class schedule page. All you need to bring with you is a notebook and something to write with. Hope to see you tomorrow. Oh and if you want, bring wine! I have glasses. Oh and if you can’t be here in person, let me know if you have Skype or Google Hangouts and we can try bringing you in that way.

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Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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