Do you write from your pain?
A common question for writers
With an enigmatic answer.
An answer many believe holds the key to moving, unforgettable prose.
In her book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg says this:
“To begin writing from our pain eventually engenders compassion for our small and groping lives. Out of this broken state there comes a tenderness for the cement below our feet, the dried grass cracking in a terrible wind. We can touch the things around us we once thought ugly and see their special detail, the peeling paint and gray of shadows as they are–simply what they are: not bad, just part of the life around us–and love this life because it is ours and in the moment there is nothing better.”
“Compassion for our small and groping lives,” she says.
After all, isn’t that what we long for?
Isn’t that what readers long for?
For the places untouched and unnoticed to explode into possibility and hope.
For thorns to become something marvelous instead of objects of blood-letting pain.
These ought to be the goals of the writer, yes?
If only we accomplish this
and work it out
onto the page.