Finding the Core


Anne Lamott is one of my favorite authorities on writing. “Bird by Bird” would probably make my Top 10 non-fiction reading list every time, right next to the Bible. As I sought this writing-guide-turned-life-reference this afternoon, I stopped short at this quote:

“If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing, that you lose interest or faith in them along the way, it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You need to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right. The core, ethical concepts in which you most passionately believe are the language in which you are writing.”

That’s all. I just wanted to share a bit of brilliance I’m mulling over this weekend. No more, no less.



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