In The Story Behind the Story, Stephen Dobyns writes that he asked Raymond Carver how he wrote a particular story. “He [Carver] said the first sentence had come into his mind and he just followed it.” …Dobyns was intrigued by Carver’s method of letting the writing itself be “a process of discovery.”
Raymond Carver wrote beautiful short stories built out of sentences so perfect they seem as if they were discovered rather than written. And apparently that’s how he did it.
So here’s the hack: you can edit, but only one sentence at a time. Write a sentence. Take an hour. Take a day. Then move on to the next story.
The only rule is once you’re done with the sentence, you can’t go backwards. Also don’t worry about, structure, theme, thesis, or any of those other things you’re supposed to think about while writing.
Just write one sentence at a time until you’ve written what feels like the last sentence.
Then you’re done.
The idea here is to trick the editor — the thing that prevents you from composing — from freaking out about the big picture by giving it some tasty anxiety over each individual sentence.
Give it a whirl. Sentence by sentence.
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