Anne Lamott: “Mondays are not good writing days”

From The Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of writer Anne Lamott, born in San Francisco in 1954. She was an alcoholic and an addict in addition to being a novelist; she went to rehab, became a Christian, started teaching writing, and in 1993 published a journal of the first year of her son’s life, Operating Instructions, to great acclaim. Within a year she’d published Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, a book known for giving advice to aspiring writers that’s practical and wry.

“Mondays are not good writing days,” Lamott says. “One has had all that freedom over the weekend, all that authenticity, all those dreamy dreams, and then your angry mute Slavic Uncle Monday arrives, and it is time to sit down at your desk.”

And she writes: “Nothing can break the mood of a piece of writing like bad dialogue. My students are miserable when they are reading an otherwise terrific story to the class and then hit a patch of dialogue that is so purple and expositional that it reads like something from a childhood play by the Gabor sisters….

Lamott’s latest book is called Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

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