Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Finding Your Voice

In the book, ‘Bird by Bird’, Anne Lamott writes in a chapter titled ‘Finding Your Voice’, “But you can’t get to any of these truths by sitting in a field smiling beatifically, avoiding your anger and damage and grief. Your anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth. We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not to go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in – then we will be able to speak in our own voice and to stay in the present moment. And that moment is home.”

It’s a good book to read if you like to write.


Anonymous said...

I used to be more truthful in the past by venting my anger positively by taking action on those who did unlawful things or were dishonest. I am ashamed of my complacency now. The author is very good.

Anonymous said...

You know, I think it's a good book to read anyway, whether you're a writer or not :)