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    Posted on May 21, 2014


    “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.” Anne Lamott's book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life is full of great advice for the aspiring writer but someone should probably translate it for these dogs.

    "Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. "

    "Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts."

    “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

    "Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend."

    "The writer is a person who is standing apart, like the cheese in “The Farmer in the Dell” standing there alone but deciding to take a few notes."

    "You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be a part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on."

    "Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense. Then you can recognize others."

    "As we live, we begin to discover what helps in life and what hurts, and our characters act this out dramatically."

    "Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on."

    "There is ecstasy in paying attention. You can get into a kind of Wordsworthian openness to the world, where you see in everything the essence of holiness. . ."

    "When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose...We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again."

    "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird."

    “Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.”

    “My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.”