I just stumbled across an article on Salon by Anne Lamott, an author previously unknown to me, but who I may now check out. I thought the article, “Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared”, really interesting, and thought I’d share a few quotes–
“Writing: shitty first drafts. Butt in chair. Just do it. You own everything that happened to you. You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart — your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born.”
“Publication and temporary creative successes are something you have to recover from. They kill as many people as not. They will hurt, damage and change you in ways you cannot imagine. The most degraded and sometimes nearly evil men I have known were all writers who’d had bestsellers. Yet, it is also a miracle to get your work published…Just try to bust yourself gently of the fantasy that publication will heal you, will fill the Swiss cheesey holes. It won’t, it can’t. But writing can. So can singing.”
“Fundamentalism, in all its forms, is 90% of the reason the world is so terrifying. Three percent is the existence of snakes.”
There’s a lot more in the article, including thoughts on grace, God and faith, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.