when it just flows

WHEN A WRITER presents a story to an editor, to a teacher, to a workshop class, to himself, to herself, with the statement, "Writing usually is hard for me, but this story just seemed to write itself, it just flowed out," the following are true:

  • The piece contains multiple unexamined assumptions;
  • The reasoning lacks rigor;
  • The prose is glib;
  • The story is replete with cliches;
  • The allusions and references have been selected from the bin of the overused;
  • The prose contains not one sentence the reader could not have written himself or herself;
  • The story is artistically and emotionally uninteresting because its creation never made the author uncomfortable.

When it comes easy, be wary.