David Corbett in his book The Art of Character writes, “heartbreak is a gift.” Should we add only if we write? Our heart is broken and as writers we can transfer its energy to story. I get that, but is heartbreak really a gift? for anybody?
There is something to what David says. It makes me think, but I read his words knowing I would rather escape heartbreak. Yet I associate my heartbreaks for a kind of coming out of naiveté.
It seems as if life didn’t begin until I experienced all aspects of it. Including heartbreak. On the surface the idea makes no sense, especially when I experienced it. Only upon reflection do I catch a breath of truth.
What is it we gain out of heartbreak? I guess this is what we write about. That must be why it fits in a book with the title of The Art of Character. It is character builder. Still, I would still rather skip it.