Tell Your Story

"You own everything that happened to you.  Tell your stories.  If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better."--  Anne Lamott

This quote really resonates with me, and probably does with most writers.  Of course I keep things to myself for fear of hurting the feelings of those I love, and if I'm honest with myself I keep just as much to myself for fear of the repercussions of the ones I...don't love.  I mean, society demands that we keep quiet about those feelings, and we certainly wouldn't want them to leak out and bite us in the ass later.  But if we are writers?  If we want to be story tellers?  Aren't those the very stories we should tell?  Stories with meat, heat, and emotion?
Joe HartmanAnne Lamott