Our need to slip into other worlds
Roald Dahl is one of my all time faves.
Today, I thought I’d share a little nugget of literary goodness from the man himself…
“It was then that I began to realize for the first time that there are two distinct sides to a writer of fiction.
First, there is the side he displays to the public, that of an ordinary person like anyone else, a person who does ordinary things and speaks an ordinary language.
Second, there is the secret side which comes out in him only after he has closed the door of his workroom and is completely alone. It is then that he slips into another world altogether, a world where his imagination takes over and he finds himself actually living in the places he is writing about at that moment.’ — Roald Dahl
Fiction writer or not, all of us have a “second side” as Dahl put it. A far less well known part of us that is constantly poking around for a opening to escape into silence and solitude with its passion of choice.
This side seeks a world without walls. A world created by the imagination.
The problem is, we’re often too busy with our “first side” and its preoccupation with self-image to notice the inner tug from the “second side”.
I think we all need a little time behind that closed door that Dahl was talking about.
Shut in to a world apart from distractions and noise and self-righteousness, and “slip” into that place where our imagination is free to join in on the infinite dance of Spirit and silence.