Steve Almond: Set the Bar a Little Lower
"This is all by way of suggesting that your artistic subconscious is a lot more powerful than your conscious mind.
If I’d consciously set out to write a story about my distant father, I would have mucked it up. Believe me, I’ve written several dozen such stories over the years, and they’ve all sucked.
Set the bar lower: just write about the stuff that gets stuck in your craw. Your subconscious knows what it’s doing, even if you don’t."