Her quote above is so very true. We crave real. And when we find it in a piece of writing we gravitate towards it and it's impacting. That's probably why reality tv is so condemned because there really isn't much real to it.
"So you must risk placing the real emotion at the center of your work." I think that line right there is what's intimidating to most. To let out a part of myself I'm scared to let out. To put into writing what is hard for me to say out loud. To be vulnerable when we've taught and conditioned to always be strong. That's pretty tough to do for most, especially introverts like my husband.
But it's what is most authentic. Writing from that emotion center is what most flows and is what all readers look towards. Now, how do we convey this to novice writers, especially our young writers, and not scare the bejeezus out of them? How do teachers not shy away from, or fear, our student's writing no matter how vulnerable it may be?