Writing is "like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Like you, I was shaken to my core as yet another violent, vicious tragedy invaded our world. But somewhere in my mental reminders to stop and breathe deep to combat the emotional onslaught, I stumbled on this quote from Anne Lamott and I found a strange place to land amidst all the sadness, the fear, the sense of powerlessness and inadequacy, the crazy train in my brain wondering where and when it will stop and what if the next place is my town, my church, my family.
My landing place was a reminder that we are all on the same boat and we owe each other a terrible loyalty (paraphrase from G.K. Chesterton). It was a reminder that small actions can have big purpose, that small words whispered in the noise of the Internet might combat a sliver of the storm we are all facing - even if it's only one heard by one human heart, it might matter to them.
This has always been my biggest passion behind Ink & Grace: Every single writer is needed in this world, now more than ever. Don't let fear or a sense of inadequacy or anything stop you from writing.
Our world is in the midst of a terrible storm. We need every voice we can get.