I’m not a poetic writer. I love words, sentences, rhythm and sound, but language does not inspire me as a writer. Language doesn’t even inspire me as a reader. I can’t, for example, read a paragraph that exists only to describe one person’s impression of a tree. I don’t have the patience for murky metaphors all trying to tell me that a character cried. Just tell me she cried, or better yet, make me understand why this person has a good reason to feel sad. That’s the kind of reader I am. It’s the kind of writer I strive to be, too.

The rest of this essay on where I get my ideas and how my writing process works is on Lisa Ahn’s blog series The Hatchery, where writers talk about exactly those two things: inspiration and process. If we’re friends in real life and I have ever stopped our conversation to write down an idea, you might find this essay amusing. (Or maybe not, actually.)

Hope to see you there!  And thank you, Lisa, for having me!

And an even better quote to go with my post for Lisa than the one below was given to me by my friend Diann: “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” ― E.M. Forster

Make Everything Simple As Possible by D. Sharon Pruitt

 

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.