Steve Almond: Set the Bar a Little Lower

October 8, 2014

"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."

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