I am listening again to Ann Hood’s Tin House podcast about “How to Write a Kick-Ass Essay” because I assigned it to my class. I’ve listened to this podcast before.
Then I had an epiphany.
I fucking hate epiphanies. They mean that you have to go back in and work. And you have to work hard. You didn’t do it right the first time (or the first 16 times). Writers are lazy. Otherwise they would do something more lucrative.
Today’s epiphany came from Hood saying, “Write about what you don’t know about what you know.” I believe she attributed Grace Paley.
The first part of my book is writing about what I know that I know. Now I gotta go back in and write about what I don’t know about that shit. It’s well written but facile.
What have you had an epiphany about recently?