bird by bird: the emotional center

February 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

Posting may slow down a little bit this week here at Creativityist. I will be doing a little bit of traveling. I have a number of entries in process right now, including the next installment in the capture everything series. I’ll put finishing touches on them and post them if I have opportunities on the road.

In the meantime, here is one final set of words from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to sit with:

If something inside you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act–truth is always subversive.

  • Thanks for taking time to write that out.

  • “She had a kind of security- that kind which stems perhaps from getting on very well without some of our less attractive qualities, such as need for revenge, more success than other people, protection from other people or indifference to them…I remember ending our time together envying her bitterly. The things you could see that woman had no need of.”
    The Paper Man
    By W. Golding

    I wish i knew how to be that woman. To write and reveal the bitter abyss that is my soul.