day 19- A passage from a book that has touched you
“I remember an immense feeling of possibility at the idea, as if I had been ushered into a vast building filled with closed doors and had been given leave to open any I liked. There were more doors than one person could ever open in a lifetime, I thought (and still think).” – p 28, On Writing
I still remember the first time I read this paragraph.
It was like someone had written down exactly how I felt when I realized I didn’t have to stay limited to Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, that I could tell my own stories. Cretae my own universe. I have no clue exactly how old I was when I realized that writing was something I could do, but I remember that moment. And to read something like this – to know I wasn’t alone, that my overwhelmed little brain was not overwhelmed because it was small. It was overwhelmed because it’s overwhelming. To know that someone whose work I admire and to know that they have been just as blown away by the sheer possibilities, it brought me to tears.
I know that’s cheesy but I can’t help it. I’ve always felt a little bit out of my element when it comes to storytelling. This helped me understand that I feel that way because there IS no element. Not for me, not for Stephen King. The words come when they come and they say what they say.
I love it.