Day 2 Quote Challenge

Day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Lamott

With thanks to Erika for the invitation.

From her book, “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. ”

Anne Lamott.

A simple message about authenticity.

Something every writer has considered at some point in the journey.

She also writes:

“If something inside of 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. 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.” 



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38 Responses to Day 2 Quote Challenge

  1. Regards the ‘Risk being unliked’, I have found that readers seem to have to ‘like’ the characters in a novel for it to have a chance of being successful. When I have written about unlikeable but true-to-life characters in the past, the characters seem to receive more than their fair share of criticism!

  2. The V-Pub says:

    Love the quotes, but especially that last quote. I’ve never heard of her, so thanks for introducing me to her, too.

  3. One of my favorite books and a great quote. Makes me laugh, particularly the way our family reacted when I wrote about them! Writing authentically, though, isn’t easy. But, it’s a terrific goal.

  4. Sounds tempting.
    But I find that given the chance, people change.
    So I’ll stick with “if you have something nice to say, say it. If not, keep it to yourself”
    And believe me when I say I have a couple of people I’m keeping SO MUCH to myself about.

  5. Thumbup says:

    Are you talking about writing a biography?

  6. George says:

    Love that book, love Anne Lamott and love the story that the title of the book comes from. She’s as honest and direct and bright as they come.
    Thank, Van.

  7. Judy Martin says:

    That is a great quote because it encourages writers to be true to themselves!

  8. I love these quotes! They’re so powerful and empowering!

  9. Thank you for sharing. A quote I will take to heart when I struggle with expressing freely.

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  11. I like this quote, it is good advice and different!

  12. Donna says:

    I was told to be a secretary and hated it. But after going back to school I became what I wanted to.

  13. TanGental says:

    Those are challenging ideals I must say. I’m too much the coward I suppose to risk approbation for a story. That said every time I mention my wife on my blog I risk major earache… So I guess I’m wearing the reluctance away, one sentence at a time.

    • Oh, the endurance, Geoff. I vowed to respect the privacy of my husband and children when I started this blog. It’s hard, because they are a colorful bunch, in both good and bad ways. My birth family, however, open territory for me. ☺

      • TanGental says:

        I’ve anonymised my family but even so the Textiliste aka my wife is always on my case if I slip up. My parents, now dead, are fair game though. As is my brother – the Archaeologist- because he owes me for being older and wiser and bigger throughout my childhood.

  14. I totally agree. I’ve often heard it said that a great writer never holds back.

  15. Great quote and loved her book.

  16. Ha! How true is that 😄😄 Yes. I agree.

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