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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 21TROUNCE TABOO

“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself … How alive am I willing to be?”

—ANNE LAMOTT, FROM BIRD BY BIRD

“Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing.”

—HENRY MILLER

The idea of taboo—a forbidden or scary subject—in writing is such an interesting concept. What may be taboo to me may be laughably no big deal to you. Each of us is shaped by a set of experiences in which certain topics are “allowed” or comfortable, accepted or not. And there are stories you may be burning to tell that cross a taboo line only because they reveal information about others, as well as stories that are tenderly vulnerable because they expose you personally. ...

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