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17 Quotes on Writing by Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott on Writing

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
“I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises.”
“In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.”
“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”
“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.”
“Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises.”
“Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.”
“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 a solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.”
“Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong.”
“The real payoff is the writing itself, that a day when you have gotten your work done is a good day, that total dedication is the point.”
“Plot springs from character... I've always sort of believed that these people inside me- these characters- know who they are and what they're about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don't type.”
“I don't think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won't be good at it.”
“Rituals are a good signal to your unconscious that it is time to kick in.”
“That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part.”
“Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you're writing is any good or not.”
“You just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it.”
“If you are hoping to find your self-worth and fulfillment in other peoples' opinion of your writing, you will never find it.”
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