Never have I hit reblog so quickly.
All little girls should see this. Truly inspiring!
Thought I was ready for this.
Y’know people say shit about social media along the lines of ‘OMG no one cares what anyone had for breakfast’ and like.
I do? I care. I’m pretty sure a lot of people care. I want to hear that the people I care about are having delicious breakfasts or saw something odd at work or flirted with a cute barista. Or just any little thoughts they have that they feel are worth sharing.
I’ve always kind of assumed that’s how you’re supposed to feel about your friends.
"That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest."
More reasons to love E. Lockhart.
Thanks for posting, Rachel. This was from the LA Times, and I wrote it for the Book Festival paper.
I love this piece by E. Lockhart because I used to try so hard to be a serious writer. I thought to write a novel it had to be A Novel. I thought if it wasn’t The Great American Novel, I might as well not bother.
And then I read authors including E. Lockhart who made me realize I wasn’t actually a serious person. I wanted to write girlie books. I wanted to write about boys and kissing and clothes and I still wanted to imbue my work with feminism and joy and love and other big ideas I care a lot about.
Blah blah blah once I did that I finished a book and got an agent. Blah blah blah now those two books that came out of my decision to just be myself are in stores. Blah blah blah just be yourself. You are a great you.
I always say, write the book you have to write, not what anyone tells you you should write.
This is why I love my job. I get to be so enthusiastic about learning and teaching and “guiding young minds” without getting bogged down by the rigor and academia-ness of being a “real” professor. As a college librarian I get to embrace who I am, a kid at heart.