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    Daily inspiration for writing

    Today's words of wisdom to guide my work come from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird:

    You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. You need to trust yourself, especially on a first draft, where amid the anxiety and self-doubt, there should be a real sense of your imagination and your memories walking and woolgathering, tramping the hills, roaming all over the place. Trust them. Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

    I'm crazy about Bird by Bird. (Some would say I'm just crazy, full stop. But that's neither here nor there.) The most compassionate, funny, wise, soulful, and generous book on the craft of writing ever written - or at least, that I've ever read or heard about. I wish Anne Lamott could be my friend. I wish I could have her over for coffee. Every morning. At 4:30am, when I'm starting my work day.

    Of course, that would be rather sadistic, so I'll settle for reading her book.