The title of this post is inspired by an interview with Sandra Cisneros in which she talks about her inspiration for writing The House on Mango Street when she was a 22-year-old graduate student at Iowa. You can view a wonderful segment of the interview here. Cisneros talks about one of the key things she teaches her writing students. So often students struggle to get inspired--or to stay inspired. She says to them, ask yourself this: "What can I write about that no one else can write about?"
If you watch the video, you'll see how she arrived at this productive question. The question will often lead to uncomfortable, but powerful answers, and these answers can provide the writer with rich territory for writing. If you are feeling stuck in your own writing, take a peek at the Cisneros interview for a morsel of inspiration.
I'm going to take a hiatus from Freewrite Fridays for a bit because my own writing schedule is too full right now, but I'll be posting tips and ideas here all summer long, so I hope you'll keep visiting!
In the meantime, Cisneros's question is my own question to you: What can you write about that no one else can write about?