The best writing advice I’ve read today.
I don’t recommend, or even approve, writing personally. It can lead to dreadful writing. The danger is that you’ll get lost in the contemplation of your wonderful self. You’ll include things for the lousy reason that they actually happened, or that you feel strongly about them; you” forget to ensure that the reader feels anything whatever. You may hold the popular view that art is self-expression, or a way of understanding the self — in which case the artist need do nothing more than babble uncontrolledly about the self and then congratulate himself that, in addition to all his other wonderfully interesting attributes, he is also an artist.
— Annie Dillard, “How I Wrote the Moth Essay — and Why”