Getting Started

Recently I’ve started reading this book, “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” written by Anne Lamott, and it’s an excellent book. I don’t want to go into details, the first lesson I have learned is that “good writing is about telling the truth”. And if I don’t know where to start, I should start with my childhood. Don’t worry about doing it well, just start getting it down, as truthfully as I can.
But here’s the problem, I don’t really know what I was thinking when I was a child. The past doesn’t define who you are, you are defined by how you look at your past. I think that’s what I choose to believe, if not always, at least most of the time. I constantly think about the things that have happened, and “the truth” I know evolves. I shape the “the truth” into whatever I see fit. It’s not good or bad, it’s being human, though often I am scared, scared of changing my core principles without being aware of it. That’s one more reason to keep records.
I assume the best thing I can do is truthfully write down what I am thinking while writing. And maybe I don’t have to start with my childhood.

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