Dear Sugar… Best advice on writing I ever internalized (from Cheryl Strayed)

Dear Writing and Reading Friends,

In August of 2012 I picked up an awesome book called tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed, a compilation of advice she issued in a column called Dear Sugar. I love all the bits and pieces of wisdom Sugar offers to her readers in this book. But my favorite response went to a young writer named Elissa Bassist who wrote a letter explaining how difficult it was for her to write and how sad and confused this made her feel. Elissa lamented to Sugar, “How does a woman get up and become the writer she wishes to be?”

Sugar’s response amounted to an inspirational butt-kicking that came down to this: “So write, Elissa Bassist. Not like a girl. Not like a boy. Write like a motherfucker.”

Sugar’s words have become something of a mantra for me, so much so that even my husband tells me to write like a motherfucker when he kisses me goodbye in the morning. I intend to.

Enjoy your writing… have nerve and be persistent. Write like a motherfucker.

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