Like a Writer: Begin by Understanding Life
"To be a good writer, you not only
have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have
to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries,
I think, to be a part of the solution, to understand a little
about life and to pass this on." —Anne Lamott from her book,
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Sound hard? Imagine reading the
writing of someone who does not care, who understands little about
life. Interested? I didn't think so.
Remember what Anne Lamott says next
time you work on a writing assignment or, better yet, the next
time you choose to write something because you think other
people need to know or to think or to act on something you care
about. Good luck!
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