What I learned: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

A good story deserves to be told well. you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would deny the inspirational power of Helen Keller’s life. Blind and deaf, in the 1800’s no less, and still she graduated from college, became an author, and was an advocate for people with disabilities. But you would read her book regardless of her abilities, because it’s written well. I shared some of her poetic prose on this blog.

What this book taught me was the value of vivid description, and vivid doesn’t equal long. I was regularly immersed in a scene she described, then humbled when I remembered she couldn’t see what she was writing about. But when I thought about it further, I realized she saw it just as I did, through the words. I would love for my descriptions to help a blind person “see” one of my scenes. I think it’s a subtle, learned by experience skill that one can develop, but I also believe there’s a splash of God-given talent that the great ones possess.

I don’t know if I’ve got that particular talent, but The Story of My Life motivated me to work on the skills.

Keep Discovering Writing.

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One comment

  1. I’ll have to put this on my to read list. I’ve read other books about her, but not her own book. Why haven’t I? I don’t know. I’ll have to now that you talked about her vivid descriptions.

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