Lamott describes the agonizing process of sitting there trying to start writing, and this really does sound hard. Eventually, however, the sitting there will pay off, and the writer will actually start writing sentences. That's a relief. Lamott says just willing this to happen won't do it; writers have to show persistence and faith, and they have to do hard work.
Then, she says something like "just do it. Lamott wishes she had a silver bullet that made writing easy, but she doesn't. It's the same for almost everyone she knows.
But the good news is that eventually, for most people, something will start coming. Lamott admits that once she does get something written, she usually rereads it and spends the rest of the day worrying that the world will figure out how bad her first drafts are. She also spends quite a while talking about all the awful feelings that The Shaky Bird (Pt. 1) - The Rivingtons - The Shaky Bird (Vinyl) result after this. But hey, it's actually kind of comforting. If professional writers feel bummed like this and still manage to sell books and get famous, maybe getting through your next paper deadline won't be that awful.
And maybe your indie singer-songwriter lyrics will get noticed, too. Lamott talks about how cool it is when you finally hit inspiration and words just come pouring out. Lamott's students apparently give her funny looks when she says this kind of thing. Then, they ask her how to find an agent, The Shaky Bird (Pt.
1) - The Rivingtons - The Shaky Bird (Vinyl). Lamott explains that when you are ready, you can go through books that list agents and start asking them to look at your work. If you're really good and really persistent, eventually an agent will agree to represent your work. But Lamott says in the meantime, it's best to concentrate on actually becoming a better writer.
If you're a better writer, you'll be a better reader, and that's the real payoff for learning to write. Lamott's students don't believe any of this, apparently. They really want to find agents and get published, and sometimes at about this point in the class they also want a refund. The students also want to know why sometimes they feel crazy when they're writing, such as when they're producing bad sentences even if people have told them they're good writers and when that experience makes them feel paranoid and mentally ill.
Lamott says you can get paralyzed by feelings like these or you can use them as great writing material. She recommends The Shaky Bird (Pt.
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Lamott pauses and Im Still Believing - George McCrae - Loves Been Good To Me (CD, Album) you really need an agent.
The Shaky Bird (Pt. 1) - The Rivingtons - The Shaky Bird (Vinyl) key problem for many of Lamott's students at Joe the Lion - David Bowie - ;Heroes; (Cassette, Album) point in the class is that they really want to be published, maybe even more than they want to write.
Lamott says publishing won't actually give you what you want. Writing can do a lot of things for you: help you soften, pay attention, wake up to life.
But publishing won't do any of those things. Lamott tells a The Shaky Bird (Pt. 1) - The Rivingtons - The Shaky Bird (Vinyl) story about her very young son trying to open a door, and she says that publication won't open the doors you need opened.
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