You simply must read this article remembering Nora Ephron written by her son. It's long, and it's a weeper, but in the best way. One of my favorite passages (among many), about a view shared by Nora and her mother, the writer who imbued her with the "everything is copy" ethic:
What both of them believed was that writing has the power to turn the bad things that happen to you into art (although “art” was a word she hated). “When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you; but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh,” she wrote in her anthology “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” “So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.”
It's a funny, sad, and touching tribute that makes you want to live better, without making you feel bad that you don't quite know what that means or how to do it. Much like Nora herself's essays.