Write the first sentence of a story about a birth. Now write the first sentence about a death. Try other pairs, such as falling in love and filing for divorce. Try pairs that are not in opposition, such as spring and summer.Then invent your own pairs.
This is a way to sharpen skill by working for a specific kind of clarity. It is about naming essences.
A birth and a death
- I won’t be doing any bonding with either one of them for quite a while; I knew I shouldn’t have gone into the delivery room.
- He doesn’t look peaceful or tortured or saintly, and no, he doesn’t look ‘just like himself’; he looks like some dead thing that I never knew, and I don’t know why I’m here.