bird by bird and other thoughts on writing




from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird

“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 toward vulnerability.  Don’t worry about appearing sentimental.  Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent.  Risk being unliked.  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


from pn

I can’t speak to the mechanics of writing or the ins-and-outs of publishing – I am far too inexperienced.  But I can speak to the vulnerability of writing, to the risk of being unliked, to the risk of being forevermore thought of as a porn writer.  I never planned on writing erotica, on exposing my humanness, my insides in that way – but I did – it was the emotional center of my world, my truth, my obligation, and there are fences to mend because of the risk taken. But it was indeed revolutionary – and marvelous.


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