Apparently completely unrelated to the Tepper/Roth ‘Writing as torture’ furore, Chuck Wendig wrote this response to people emailing him asking for ‘The Answer’ to writer’s block, self-discipline, sources of inspiration and more:
This is the act of forging something out of nothing. It demands sacrifice. It’s you carving off parts of yourself to a future without promises, you spilling power and grief and embracing chaos and uncertainty all in the hopes of trying to make sense of this thing you do in the sheer bloody-minded chance that something you write will finally matter but the trick is, it all matters, because writing is how we connect with ourselves and the world beyond our margins. Writing is how we tether ourselves to god, a god in a narrative world that is, of course, us.
Sacrifice is not quite torture but it can be difficult and painful. My impression is that Wendig and Roth are probably in complete agreement.
I’m not sure whether I’m more pissed off about Tepper’s behaviour or my lecturer seeming to believe that Tepper’s behaviour was in any way acceptable or justifiable. Chuck’s comments felt like reinforcement, reiterating Roth’s statements as he did.