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.