Writing Wisdom from Cherríe Moraga

CHERRIE MORAGA LectureToday or rather tonight Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright, Cherríe Moraga, came to speak at my college.  Among sharing with us some beautiful stories from her newest book, which I have to buy,  A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness, she shared some great advice to writers and artists alike.

  1. Our obligation is to write with original voice and our brothers and sisters with open hearts will understand.
  2. Writing is about specificity, [that’s] what opens the heart.
  3. As a writer it is your job to cultivate courgae so be aware of how your body is feeling…if you’re bored you’re not writing what you want to be writing.  
  4. Write from the point where you’re getting afraid.
  5. Your ego censors you, your unconsciousness is honest and evocative
  6. You know more than you know you know

I think these have to be among my favorite quotes.  It’s so true that as writers, or at least speaking for myself, I often find it hard to write about those things I’m afraid of yet somehow deep down I know it’s those things that hold the best stories.  It truly is up to us as writers, as artists to push the limits of our creativity, to write with such a strong and original voice that even if our readers don’t hare the same experience, they cannot help but nod their heads in agreement.

Best of luck to all of you in your endeavors…you can do it!

Whimsically Yours,



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