Patience. Curiosity. Repetition. Looking again and again. Not imposing a story line. Letting composition emerge through pattern, rhythm, shape, sound, movement. Occasionally … you hit upon a moment of grace. You can’t plan for it. You just have to practice enough so that you’re ready when it comes.
The Atlantic has compiled a list of its best writing advice from this year’s “By Heart,” a series about all things bookish. The included guidance from Mary-Beth Hughes, Steven Pinker, Jesse Ball, Kevin Barry, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Karl Ove Knausgaard will inspire any writer looking for a different perspective on their craft.