One of my goals is to read (at least) one book about the craft of writing every month in 2014. Today I plucked Jeff Heffron’s The Writer’s Idea Book off the library shelf. I don’t know anything about the book or Heffron, but I appreciate this part of his introduction:
Writing, therefore, is also an act of courage. How much easier is it to lead an unexamined life than to confront yourself on the page? How much easier is it to surrender to materialism or cynicism or to a hundred other ways of life that are, in fact, ways to hide from life and from our fears? When we write, we resist the facile seduction of these simpler roads. We insist on finding out and declaring these truths that we find, and we dare to put those truths on the page.
As a non-confrontational person, this really struck a chord. I’m also considering the amount of courage I have vs. what I need; I’m not quite where I want to be on that front, either.