Stay Innocent

[After telling the story of a little boy who donated blood to his little sister dying of leukemia even though he thought he would die in the process. . .]

Sometimes you have to be that innocent to be a writer. Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it’s right. To be great, art has to point somewhere. So if you are no longer familiar with that place of naive conscience, it’s hard to see any point in your being a writer.

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (Anchor Books, 1995)

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