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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: