"You are going to have to give and give and give, or there's no reason for you to be writing. You have to give from the deepest part of yourself, and you are going to have to go on giving, and the giving is going to have to be its own reward. There is no cosmic imporance to your getting something published, but there is in learning to be a giver."
Bird by Bird
How does one "give" with their writing? I'm still working on this one, but I'm thinking it has something to do with being a truth-teller, writing things that are true and that matter in even the smallest way. I think it means not giving the cheap, easy way out but writing from the depths of ourselves in a way that gives readers the sense that they are not alone. Thoughts?