What Tugs on Our Sleeves

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As a follow-up to the previous post on Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk, I saw this on author Anne Lamott’s Facebook page, also speaking about our relationship to creativity and our obligation to it.

“. . . Anyway, Onward and Upward. I have a new piece to work on. It stopped by the other day, and tugged on my sleeve. Luckily, I had a pen on me. I began to scribble ideas and glimpses down. I always try to act like a story’s law clerk—do the research, scribble down possible structures, take dictation, and in general be its go-fer; be at its beck and call. I have two really god-awful paragraphs so far, that are earnest AND incoherent, way too detailed and ironic, trying too hard to be funny and erudite…to which I say HOORAY. Back in the saddle!”

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