One of the magical things about Aspen Summer Words is being able to hear bestselling authors discuss their own challenges with the writing process. This happens in workshops, in lunchtime conversations with the faculty, and in daily panels and discussions.
Here are a few pieces of writing advice from our 2015 faculty, collected from various blog posts and interviews online. We look forward to collecting more words of wisdom from them at Aspen Summer Words, June 21-26.
Dani Shapiro on how to begin
“What do we need right now? What do you need? Another cup of coffee? A few moments of meditation? A deep, cleansing breath? A shot of courage? A reminder that everyone who is sitting alone in her room, right at this very moment, is on some continuum of this very same process?” Read more on Dani’s blog
Ann Hood on finding your topic
“Make sure you’re writing about the thing that keeps you up at night…When we try too hard to find our topic, I think we forget to look at those significant moments that we live with every day.” Listen to the Tin House Podcast
Akhil Sharma on revising
“I don’t really revise. I tend to rewrite. When I would finish a draft, I would start the next draft by opening a blank document. This causes each draft to remain spare. Only what demands to be remembered stays in the new draft.” Read the full interview from Salon
Andre Dubus III on crises of faith
“It does take nerve to write these things… And it takes faith that that first sentence you write will lead to the next and the next and the next. So crises of faith… I feel like I have a good writing session about twenty minutes into a three-hour session every seventeen days.” Read more quotes on craft from 2014 Summer Words faculty
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This post was written by Caroline Tory