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Fantine ([personal profile] fantine) wrote on February 6th, 2011 at 05:12 am
Writer's Block: The start of something wonderful
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The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.

That's the opening to The Body by Stephen King. Not only is it my favourite opening, it's also my most favourite paragraph in all literature - a bold statement I know, but this paragraph speaks more to me than anything else ever has. In describing the difficultly in saying something important to you, Stephen King has successfully written something important to me that I have always had difficultly saying.
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