In preparation for next month’s NaNoWriMo, I am not only writing every day on this blog but I am also trying to go through my writing books. Today I finally had the opportunity to open Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I wanted to share with you my favorite paragraph so far (I’m on page 49).
Found at the start of the We Are Not the Poem chapter:
The problem is we think we exist. We think our words are permanent and solid and stamp us forever. That’s not true. We write in the moment. Sometimes when I read poems at a reading to strangers, I realize they think those poems are me. They are not me, even if I speak in the “I” person. They were my thoughts and my hand and the space and the emotions at that time of writing. Watch yourself. Every minute we change. It is a great opportunity. At any point, we can step out of our frozen selves and our ideas and begin fresh. That is how writing is. Instead of freezing us, it frees us.
I love this. I really love this. It creates a paradox within me though because of the post I am working on for sometime later this week — Words Have Power. I have to remind myself that she is speaking of our words as we write them — that we are not bonded to them for a lifetime and what I am writing about is the words we hear that sometimes rip us open and do leave permanent scar tissue on our souls.
The words we write though are not solid because as Ms. Goldberg says, they represent who we are in that moment. The moment we lay that pencil down or shut down our computers, our lives can change drastically and those words can become far removed from who we become in the next moments.
This is not always a two-way street though because once someone reads those words, they can be forever etched upon their memories. The paragraph above is sure to stay with me for quite some time.
xoxo ~ Melissa