(Which includes me.)
“The workshop’s most famous mantras – ‘Murder your darlings,’ ‘Omit needless words,’ ‘Show, don’t tell’ – also betray a view of writing as self-indulgence, an excess to be painfully curbed in AA-type group sessions.
Shame also explains the fetish of ‘craft’: an ostensibly legitimising technique, designed to recast writing as a workmanlike, perhaps even working-class skill, as opposed to something every no-good dilettante already knows how to do.
Shame explains the cult of persecutedness, a strategy designed to legitimise literary production as social advocacy, and make White People feel better. . .”
It’s long but worth it. I suddenly feel conflicted about so many more things. It’s like I already had white class guilt before but now it’s reached guilt level orange.