A Few Flickering Moments of Insight

Two quotes on writing from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird thatI am finding relevant and challenging as I work on my novel (yes, I am working on a novel. Sheesh, is that so hard to believe?):

“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.”

“Telling these truths is your job. You have nothing else to tell us. But needless to say, you can’t tell them in a sentence or a paragraph; the truth doesn’t come out in bumper stickers. There may be a flickering moment of insight in a one-liner, in a sound bite, but everyday meat-and-potato truth is beyond our ability to capture in a few words. Your whole piece is the truth, not just one shining epigrammatic moment in it.”

Just some of her thoughts,



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