I’ve been sitting here googling the perfect Anne Lamott quote on shitty first drafts for ten minutes and have come to the conclusion that I can’t trust that any of the ones I’m finding are correct because you can’t trust the internet.
Rather than indulge myself and feed the self-doubt monster inside by continuing to search for the perfect quote on shitty first drafts, it’s time to listen to what Anne is saying. I’m getting to it. I’m writing imperfect things and I might even put them on the internet.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. 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.
More shitty first drafts to come. What are you drafting? Tell me in the comments.