Passages: The Landmine of Me

Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing was a fantastic shot in the arm years ago when I was playing with the idea of becoming a writer. He understands what it means to be creative and can articulate it like few others. This short passage is from the Preface.

These essays were written at various times over a thirty-year period, to express special discoveries, to serve special needs. But they all echo the same truths of explosive self-revelation and continuous astonishment at what your deep well contains if you just haul off and shout down it . . .

And now:

I have come up with a new simile to describe myself lately. It can be yours.

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me.

After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

Now, it’s your turn. Jump!






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