I really appreciated when Anne would say how the students focused so much on how to get an agent rather than better preparing their writing. I think this can also be seen with photography. I think a lot of people don’t focus on bettering their skills. It felt like Lamott was trying to reiterate the idea of doing writing because you love writing and not getting lost in the other crap.
I also see this within my own work when I shoot for a publication and get into a rhythm that is to just fulfill the publication and not fulfill my creativity.
I also like how Lamott writes about the process and how it won’t look good at the beginning and how striving for perfectionism hurts the originally brainstorming process.