Friday, February 16, 2007

Throw your stone

"Treat your story as if a stone thrown into a still pool, coming to rest at the bottom. Then dive in after it." Mark Helprin, author of one of my favorite novels, A Soldier of the Great War, is credited with telling this piece of advice about writing to an audience member at a reading. In other words, know where you are going, then dive in.

I think it is a good piece of advice for life as well. Unfortunately, the water in the pool is often a bit murky, and so the stone often falls from sight and comes to rest in obscurity. We must have faith that the stone is there, waiting to be found. And dive.


brett said...

This reminds me of this David Whyte poem:

The Well of Grief

THose who will not slip beneath

The still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water

to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,

the secret water, cold and clear,

nor finf in the darkness glimmering

the small round coins

thrown be those who wished for something else.

Alas! the watching world is waiting for us to show them who they are.

Tom said...

That's a great poem, Brett. I'll have to check out more by Whyte. Thanks.