The Art of Motherfuckertude

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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 →