The Art of Motherfuckertude


We all have these feelings inside us—anxiety, fear, trepidation, hope, desire—and our every effort becomes getting these things out. Writing that letter to you and publishing it was how I felt connected and compassionate.

Two and a half years ago, Rumpus Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist wrote a letter seeking advice from our Sugar. In response, Sugar told her to write “not like a girl. Not like a boy. Write like a motherfucker.

Recently, Bassist and Cheryl Strayed reconvened at Creative Nonfiction to discuss advice giving, the emotional entrapments of writing, and “heartbreak torture machines.”

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →