The Inspired Writer vs. the Real Writer
I work to dispel the myth of the "inspired writer" (the figure who generates perfect prose without the frustrated process of revision or failure) and to tell the truth about the writing process as I and many of my colleagues and students experience it. I find that a good writer is not an inspired genius but a navigator – among ideas, words, readers, etc. To help student writers, I share what tricks I’ve learned in navigating on the page – e.g. imitating other successful writings and finding good readers.