MY AUNT INTRODUCED me to my favourite quote about writing. She was working on a book that gave people a chance to thank those who made a difference in their lives.
As she discovered stories of hurt and help, she posted on her homepage what became her mission statement for the book:
“Remember on this one thing, said Badger. The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memories. This is how people care for themselves. ”
― Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel
Those sentences moved me. I had already been working as a journalist for a few years and these words seemed to sum the point of storytelling as art, and as social change.
I am a self-declared wuss. I get teary all the time, but no more so than when, as a reporter, a total stranger is telling me their life story–the moment she met her husband, the morning the doctor told them–and trusting me with it. They give me their story to pass on. And it’s because they need to, and others need them to. Lopez captured that.
What is your favourite quote about writing?
What story arrived in your life just when you needed it?