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Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Few More quotes

I just came across the below quotes (both by Anne Lamott from her book Bird by Bird) and had to share--they say so perfectly what I was trying to express in my post earlier today:

"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 too 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."

And this:

"Becoming a writer [artist, musician, you fill in the blank...] 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 way too much of."

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