A Poet Reflects

"When you write about your characters, we want to know all about their leaves and colors and growth.  But we also want to know who they are when stripped of the surface show.  So if you want to get to know your characters, you have to hang out with them long enough to see beyond all the things they aren’t … Dying people can teach us this most directly.  Often the attributes that define them drop away—the hair, the shape, the skills, the cleverness.  And then it turns out that the packaging is not who that person has really been all along.  Without the package, another sort of beauty shines through."
—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1994).

"When you write about your characters, we want to know all about their leaves and colors and growth.  But we also want to know who they are when stripped of the surface show.  So if you want to get to know your characters, you have to hang out with them long enough to see beyond all the things they aren’t … Dying people can teach us this most directly.  Often the attributes that define them drop away—the hair, the shape, the skills, the cleverness.  And then it turns out that the packaging is not who that person has really been all along.  Without the package, another sort of beauty shines through."

—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1994).

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