It kind of felt good to be the needed one for a change. I've missed that, and it was nice to give back when she's done so much for me.
Tomorrow night, Craig, the kids, and I are going to the Grand National. For as often as I've written about cowboys, I've never actually been to a live rodeo before, so it should be fun. And yay for jeans and comfy shoes to be appropriate to wear!
Recently, I was trying to help motivate someone on the writing front and pulled out one of the two books on writing I've bothered keeping over the years. I used to read a lot of them, though not so much recently, and I've always been really hard to please on that front. However, there are two that I think are essential for anyone who wants to write. One is Stephen King's "On Writing," and the other is Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird."
It was the Lamott book I pulled out, and I've started re-reading it again myself, just to keep on the path. So at the end of every day, I'm going to post a quote from it that really speaks to me.
Like King, Lamott is a storyteller, and best of all an astute one, which is why this book is one of the most accessible on writing that I've ever read. The introduction talks mostly about her journey getting to where she was when she wrote the book, how her father was a writer, how she grew up wanting to be a writer. Getting published was never the grand epiphany she expected it to be. But then she says this:
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. That act of writing turns out to be its own reward.
Which it completely is. For everyone struggling out there, remember why you do it in the first place. Yes, it's hard. Yes, it often sucks. But writing is a choice you make. You do, or you don't. And doing always ends up turning out better, even with the suckage.