It’s Encourage a Young Writer Day—and author Anne Lamott’s dropping some major wisdom

In case you forgot to wish her all the joy in the world, today is Anne Lamott’s birthday! It’s also Encourage a Young Writer Day. So the literary maven and overall queen of wisdom is actually giving us a gift on her special day. She penned a moving Facebook post power-packed with advice for writers.

But first, let me back up. I’ve loved Anne Lamott for a while now, as I’m sure many folks have (writers and otherwise). She’s a compelling novelist, memoirist, and essayist, an impassioned political activist, a keenly observational teacher, and the purveyor of absolute truisms, such as:

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