"WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?" invites experienced biographers and narrative nonfiction writers to hold forth, whether in an article or just a couple of sentences, on the most useful solution they've found for coping with one major challenge of the writing life. What works for you? Share it with the rest of us by posting a comment below.
Charles J. Shields: "Chop Wood, Carry Water."
A student seeking enlightenment asks the master, "How shall I go about it?"
The master answers, "Chop wood, carry water."
"And then when I achieve enlightenment—what then?"
"Chop wood, carry water."
I take this advice to mean that there's nothing but the work. I find I can't Read More