To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them