The author began writing The House on Mango Street over a weekend when she was in grad school (University of Iowa). She was 22, and she was struggling in her graduate studies-especially with poetry. She had a breakthrough after a seminar about memory and imagination. It occurred to er that she had never talked about her house, throughout her own education. The author felt that whenever her culture was portrayed, it was portrayed as a lie. So that weekend, she had a moment that realizes that doesn't have a the typical "house" that you see in the media. She always lived in shabby looking, run down homes. At first, she was horrified, and shamed. She thought, "maybe I don't belong here!" But later she realized that she could channel these feelings into positive energy; she asked, "why have I never seen myself in books?"
So she realized that she was about to write about something no one else had ever written about. She asked "what do I know, that I can write about?" And that's how House on Mango Street was born. She wrote about what it is she knew, and what is was that she only knew.
The author is convinced that "writers block" is not about not knowing what to say, but being afraid of confessing what you have to say.
Jan 5th, 2015
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