After re-reading a chapter titled “Shitty First Drafts” from Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, I sat and looked at a blank computer screen for about five minutes before diving into the cavern of distracting social media sites, online shopping, fidgeting with my phone, and eating Nutella straight from the jar.
Why is the author’s struggle omnipresent? Lamott reminds us that each time we have to sit down to write, we also must overcome the Sisyphean fear that our words could roll back down and crush us right before we reach some sort of completion.
Let them roll. Each time you plod up again, the boulder will be chipped a little smaller. The load will be more bearable and your arms will build the strength they need to make it to the top.