Have the Courage to Write Your Shitty First Draft

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.” 

~Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

I like to tell my clients that they just have to find an entry point into the story. You don’t have to know where it will lead, but you have to have the courage to set a timer and commit to writing for a little while. Twenty minutes always feels doable for me. Take a walk without an end destination. Let yourself be messy. Remember to love yourself up through the process. Forget every beautiful word you’ve ever read and allow your mind to wander through the Neverland of your own delight. Focus on that one image or story that you’d like to tell, and don’t worry about how you will get to the next one. Call in the human collective, when you need support. We are all trying to figure out this thing called life and know that all the flaws and typos and strange sentence structures can get worked out later. Give yourself permission to dance on that page to whatever song is flowing through you and don’t stop until the music pauses.