I like Caroline Myss‘ anecdote about her epiphany regarding creative writing. She included it on page 43 of her book, Sacred Contracts, to make the point that some people may come into our lives only briefly yet still have a significant impact.
I can still recall a brief exchange with a high school English teacher who cornered me after class one day to offer me some advice on both my writing style and my attitude. At the time I was carrying on a love affair with the Theater of the Absurd—playwrights including Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, and Harold Pinter—and my literary contributions to this class reflected my infatuation. Because of my lack of training, as well as a few other missing links in my appreciation of classical English, my work was one step above disaster. My teacher kindly offered me a piece of advice—one sentence long—that reshaped my appreciation for education across the board for the rest of my life. “You know, Carol,” she said, “in order to write anything well, even the presentation of absurdity, you have to learn the laws of English like a master, so that you can break them like an artist.” I had thought that being creative meant absolute freedom to do anything you want; but in that moment she taught me that real creativity is based on a solid foundation of knowledge and discipline. I must have agreed to meet this wise teacher, because she changed my whole understanding of artistic and literary creation.
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Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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