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Be the writer and not the daughter

Sari Botton: My number one obstacle is the fear of upsetting and offending my parents by revealing things about me they’d rather not know, or by revealing things about them…

Melissa Febos: I guess the writer in me has more clout than the daughter in me. It wins every fucking time.

Sari Botton: I need to choose between being a writer and a daughter. I know that I’m eventually going to be the writer and not the daughter. I’m hoping that I won’t get disowned or I won’t [break] my father’s heart.

Conversations with Writers Braver than Me #15


I actually welcomed my editor’s thoughts

Melissa: It must have been a very, very difficult task to edit this book. To have to guide you in how to tell this intensely personal story.

Emily Rapp: I actually welcomed my editor’s thoughts because she’s a genius and she totally got what I was doing. We had a weird mind-meld.

Anonymous Guest: Which one was harder, writing it or editing it?

Emily Rapp: Writing. Absolutely.

The Rumpus Book Club Discussion with Emily Rapp