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Universality

October 3, 2011

If something inside 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. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry bout being absent or fraudulent. 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. 

– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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  1. October 3, 2011 11:41 am

    Yes. Yes, yes, yes. xox

  2. October 3, 2011 2:01 pm

    Love this quote. (Dani shared it with us at our workshop last weekend.) Love that book. Love Anne Lamott.

    • October 3, 2011 2:04 pm

      Although I read that book (and loved it), it was Dani who brought it to my attention at her workshop in May!

  3. October 3, 2011 4:41 pm

    I echo all of my lovely friends. THIS IS THE STUFF!

  4. October 3, 2011 11:25 pm

    These are words that touch that soul.

  5. October 5, 2011 8:44 am

    I live by this.

    And by this… from Marianne Williamson:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

    We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

    You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

    There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

    And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Love to you…

    • October 5, 2011 8:55 am

      Do you know that this is one of my all-time favorite quotes? And I think I have left this quote in your comments, too?

      Thank you for this burst of light. Xoxo

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