Saturday, June 07, 2008

LAMOTT | "The act of writing turns out to be its own reward"

But 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. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It's like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.

~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Sounds like yoga to me.

4 comments:

Yogamum said...

Excellent quote. I love Anne Lamott!

Dark Orpheus said...

Yogamum Writing is its own reward. Isn't it great?

gartenfische said...

Yes, it does sound like yoga! I, too, love Anne Lamott and I love that book---my favorite writing book.

Dark Orpheus said...

gartenfische I like how unassuming her style is. It makes the process of writing feels so normal.