Thursday, April 3, 2008

interesting quote on writing

Tonight's insomnia (perhaps thanks to "daytime" cold medicine taken at 11pm...) has led me on an interesting internet surfing path to find this quote about writing...

"We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’re already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words—not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues."

–Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1994), 198.

Just thought I'd share.

1 comment:

Philip said...

It's funny how taking medication at the 'wrong' time of day can really throw things of kilter. I cannot even have a cup of tea after 4:00 PM because I won't be able to sleep at night.

I hope you feel better soon; I do love that quote about writing.