Literary Birthday – 29 December – Jenny Lawson

Happy Birthday, Jenny Lawson, born 29 December 1973.


  1. Every time I get scared or feel like I’m not going to be good enough at something, I say that mantra to myself. ‘Pretend you’re good at it.’
  2. When I’m blogging, I think book writing is easier and vice versa. Writing is lonely work, and the good thing about blogging is that you have immediate feedback from commenters.
  3. Have you ever been homesick for someplace that doesn’t actually exist anymore? Someplace that exists only in your mind?
  4. So many of us feel like we’re misfits until we finally find our tribe – the other people who are are strange in the same way – and suddenly everything clicks.
  5. I was always shy. Writing was my only outlet. Because I always hid in a room, I spent a lot of time watching people. When I was a small child I could detect hidden body language in others only I could see. People’s emotions rub off on me. When I told this to my therapist she said, “Well, you’re an empath.” I thought, “No way. Like Star Trek?” And she clarified: because I am so socially uncomfortable, I have compassion for others who I recognise are also struggling. People with anxiety are acutely aware.
  6. If you enjoyed high school, you were probably a psychopath or a cheerleader. Or possibly both.
  7. Like books, the Internet has saved my life. It helped me recognize that so many people I adore suffer from the same things I do.
  8. Writing is my therapy. In addition to my real therapy. God knows where I’d be without it. I’d probably still be at my last job, working in HR at a religious organisation. I was horribly miscast.
  9. I had very low self-esteem. Books saved me. I found friends in stories like The Chronicles of Narnia and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. During lunch hour at school I’d avoid social interactions by sitting on the bathroom sink and reading.
  10. I had no idea how complicated and solitary it could be to write a simple book.
  11. Having your book edited is like watching your cat being operated on. It’s uncomfortable and someone is probably going to get hurt. Most likely the cat. But in the end, things work out for the best and your cat is better it. And then your cat gets released in hardcover, and you have to read all of his reviews.

Jenny Lawson is an American journalist, author, and blogger. She is the creator of The Bloggess website, and the books; Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Furiously Happy, and YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual For Dangerous Minds.

Source for image

Elektrik Shoos at English Wikipedia & Jenny Lawson, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Source for quotes

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 28th December 2020