Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can't--and, in fact, you're not supposed to--know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force...Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"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 your shitty first draft."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"What I've learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head...Left to its own devices, my mind spends much of its time having conversations with people who aren't there. I walk along defending myself to people, or exchanging repartee with them, or … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not ONE of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts." "All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much."--Anne … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"It is fantasy to think that successful writers do not have these bored, defeated hours, these hours of deep insecurity when one feels as small and jumpy as a water bug. They do. But they also often feel a great sense of amazement that they get to write, and they know that this is what … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom

The good news is that some days it feels like you just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it...but the bad news is that if you're at all like me, you'll probably read over what you've written … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom