From Phillip Wheeler

On Writing:

Start with something mundane, knowing that you’ll likely end up in some high-flown metaphor no matter where you start. Ask yourself again if you can access the feeling underneath or behind the one you are currently describing without evaporating into philosophical abstractions. Cling desperately to the salamander of the present moment, ignoring all external stimuli, even if you end up spending dozens of lines whittling a fading thought into crumbs… at least you have a nice pen. A nice shiny silver pen. At least now you know that thought wasn’t worth including. At least you’ve spent your time wisely. Don’t stop now. – Phillip Wheeler

Author: Robert Bettmann

Founder of Day Eight, and the DC Arts Writing Fellowship.