“If something inside you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write towards vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent. Risk being unlikes. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”
—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
I reread Bird by Bird this past week. Anne Lamott’s thoughts on writing (and, really, all creative work) is inspiring, hopeful, honest, and beautiful. I wish I could write with her honesty and integrity and hope the work I do feels like that. I can’t recommend this book enough.