Turns out it’s harder to quote from Anne Lamott’s classic Bird by Bird than I thought it would be, because Lamott doesn’t dole out her wisdom in bumper-sticker size snippets. Instead, she embeds it into stories — which is itself a great lesson. But I do love this:
“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.”
Speaks to the importance of writing honestly and with your whole self at any time, but especially now, don’t you think?
Loved the quote you shared…and just like that I felt less isolated. I think you’ve definitely mastered this in your writing.
Thank you, Jamie! I hope it’s raining on your side of the mountains like it is here!