A while back I confessed to my hero-worship of Anne Lamott. I’m turning to her now, to her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This book I can pick up, open to any page, and find passages that were written for me. And for several million other fans, but who’s counting?
“Don’t underestimate this gift of finding a place in the writing world: if you really work at describing creatively on paper the truth as you understand it, as you have experienced it, with the people or material who are in you, who are asking that you help them get written, you will come to a secret feeling of honor. Being a writer is part of a noble tradition, as is being a musician—the last egalitarian and open associations. No matter what happens in terms of fame and fortune, dedication to writing is a marching-step forward from where you were before, when you didn’t care about reaching out to the world, when you weren’t hoping to contribute, when you were just standing there doing some job into which you had fallen.”
Anne published Bird by Bird in 1994, long before even the most veteran blogger among us had uploaded her first post. When I apply her words to blogging, I am moved by deep gratitude for this medium.
Blogging has broken down so many barriers to writers who want to practice their craft, but didn’t have the means to readily share their writing with others.
Blogging has compelled me to take risks I would not have dreamed of two years ago.
My blogging friends teach me more about writing each day. They provide incredible support. I don’t feel so alone anymore in my desire to write, and to be read.
It's a good time to be a writer.
Anne Lamott's book, Bird by Bird, is available through Anchor Books.