Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Writing with a Screwdriver

True Lies

“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it was. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. 

“The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a  fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver.” 

—Amy Poehler, actress, comedian and author of Yes, Please (2014)

Editorial Comment: It must be nice to be a writer.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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  1. There are some stories — and freezers — that just aren't worth a screwdriver. Throw a padlock on it and leave it in a dark, smell-proof room.

    Some freezers are scary, and just not worth hacking away at with a screwdriver. By way of introduction on Day 1, I ask students to tell one amusing/embarrassing fact about themselves. It works. About 12 years ago, one kid in a beginning newswriting class recounted how the family schnauzer had died shortly after Christmas, and they put it in the basement freezer to bury in the back yard when spring came. Gramma found this large roast about three years later. There were almost two burials. The exercise works. I still remember that kid.