taking this chaos and making a story

One of the greatest gifts of writing memoir is having a way to shape that chaos, looking at all the pieces side by side so they make more sense. It’s a supreme act of control to understand a life as a story that resonates with others. It’s not a diary. It’s taking this chaos and making a story out of it, attempting to make art out of it. When you’re a writer, what else is there to do?

– Dani Shapiro from Why We Write About Ourselves, ed. by Meredith Maran


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3 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2016 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Lovely quote from a great lady.

  2. Sarah
    Posted April 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s brilliant. 💕

  3. Marianna
    Posted April 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful quote. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Dani speak next week at The Festival for Faith & Writing!