I read the following in Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, “The only way I was able to trick myself into writing a first novel, as well as the first short story I published that I liked (as opposed to the first story I published) was to write both the novel and the story as stories within stories, narratives told by one character to another.”
My reading of this sentence could not have had better timing. During my initial approach, I felt disgruntled and discouraged about not being creative enough to finish one story. Along the way, I have found that I have little difficulty in discovering a subject or muse for a non-fiction piece. Likewise, poetry generally flows for me. Stories though continue to be out of reach. At least their completeness, and novels are tantamount to believing I will be a rich man one day. They are crocodiles in the pond.
Addressing the richness of Prose’ s sentence will take a lifetime, but I am at this point, writing out loud. One of the beauties of WOL is to not feel the pressure of perfection, or the authority of completeness. I can stay at a beginning, middle or end, without self rancor.