Anne Lamott giving a TED talk in 2017, "12 truths I learned from life and writing."
I stumbled upon an Anne Lamott TED talk this morning. As always, her simple wisdom made me laugh, contemplate, and feel, the very things I aspire to elicit with my own writing. She also empowers me to slog on with my writing. Sometimes I fear my writing is a lot of self-absorbed, navel-gazing drivel, or that I’m wasting my own and others’ time with banalities. Lamott’s words set me back, humbly, on my horse:
“You're going to feel like hell if you wake up someday and you never wrote the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves of your heart: your stories, memories, visions and songs -- your truth, your version of things -- in your own voice. That's really all you have to offer us, and that's also why you were born.”
Thank you, Anne.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 139: 136 words, TOTAL = 22,679; 37,321 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.