Good writing comes when we risk not knowing what we’re doing–struggling, surprising ourselves, thinking through something that makes us uncomfortable…. What makes a story good is that–even if we don’t understand what we’re doing as we write–what happens in it corresponds in some way to what’s most intense in us. We may invent the people and actions, but we’ve felt the emotions We write because there is something unspeakable–something we should not say, or cannot explain in words. And the story–the events in the story, the content–gives words to the unspeakable.
–Alice Mattison, The Kite and the String, 2016, p.26,28