I can come up with more excuses for not writing or why I am not a more productive writer as I want to be. But according to Gina Barreca, all I need is a scrap of paper and a pencil nub.
Here is a taste:
What do you need to write?
Let’s say it better, make it more precise and accurate, make it a Real Question: what do you tell yourself you need in order to write?
Silence? Time? A contract? Two course reductions? An assistant? A grant from the NEA?
Because, folks–let’s not kid ourselves– all you really need in order to write is a scrap of paper and a pencil nub. You don’t need 500 pounds sterling or a room of one’s one (pace Virgina Woolf); you don’t need passionate kisses (pace Mary Chapin Carpenter); and you certainly don’t need an MFA (pace expensive programs around the country).
Read the rest here.
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