As a writer, one has to collect experiences and feelings and people from which to draw, especially in nonfiction. So I’ve tried to remain a student of life and human behavior, and a collector of experiences.
I remember when I started drafting, I was both terrified and excited about where it might lead, what the writing of it might dredge up—emotions, new self-understandings. As writers we know that’s a ‘good place’ to be...
“The pen is not so different from the camera.” Writers and photographers both have the ability to show the world what things look like from their perspectives. We have a lot of power to take what we see and shape it to evoke certain feelings or responses.
"In the end, we have to feel responsible for our own writing growth, and not fall into "echo chamber" mode, where one school or style may be popular, a handful of authors may appear to dominate a certain writing scene or genre, so we run to those, and then a while later, run to something else that is said to be all the rave."