— Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird (via fly-mamabird)
When I read this, I immediately began to compare the “characters” of the “stories” to the subjects of my news articles. You are going to love some of your subjects and hate some of them. I know I do. It must be worth keeping in mind that the subject or “characters” you love or admire or personally support, must not be given advantage over those you dislike or do not support (particularly when writing about politics). No one is perfect. Even though we might want them to be, we shouldn’t try to skirt around the facts. Sometimes good characters do bad things. As the writer, in this case, the journalist, as soon as you start trying to protect a character you like, your story becomes pointless. As this quote goes, let the chips fall where they may.
All to true!