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.
About the Author: Abigail Browning
Abigail Browning, Founder and Managing Editor, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Abigail has poems either published or forthcoming in the Yemassee Journal Online, The Greensboro Review, Linebreak, and RHINO Poetry. In addition, she was honored to receive the Amon Liner Poetry Award, the Noel Callow/Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and was a finalist for the Linda Flowers NC Arts Prize. She also has a passion for jazz music and dance, and teaches swing-era dances in her free time: www.abigailbrowning.com.