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Writing wisdom from Tina Fey and Bossypants

Monday, May 30, 2011

I gobbled up Tina Fey's Bossypants this past week. Not only is it hilarious, but so many parts hit wayyyy too close to my neurosis. For instance, that part where she discusses how young girls become women when men scream at them from cars. So happened to me when I was 14 and buying candy from the local gas station with my friends. Also, it happened to me yesterday. 1) TINA. YOU ARE WISE AND SAGE. 2) GUYS. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

From Bust magazine, which Tina in Bossypants calls her best ever Photoshop job.

But the best quote came in reference to her time as head writer at Saturday Night Live. The lesson, imparted by Lorne Michaels, was "The show doesn't go on because it's ready; it goes on because it's 11:30."

To that end, Tina Fey writes:

"You can't be the kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. (And I'm from a generation where a lot of people died on waterslides, so this was an important lesson for me to learn.) You have to let people see what you wrote. It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated."

As you know, I'm on my 567,999,987 edit of my book. And I'm also that person logging on to work at 10 at night to read my newspaper stories for the 80th time, messaging copy editors with changes while they call me bad names. It's good to a certain extent, until it veers into mentally ill. So this passage sort of daggered me in the chest and made a lot of sense.

I think I might frame part of this quote and hang it up in my house. To remind me about the prevalence of waterslide injury in America, I mean.

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