The original post can be found on the Vermont College of Fine Arts “Wild Things” blog, the official blog of the Writing For Children and Young Adults MFA program (my alma mater), where I’ve begun doing a weekly Mindfulness Monday blog.
I like to think of beginning a meditation practice with the same sense of generosity towards self that Anne Lamott applies to the Shitty First Draft. If you’re not familiar with Lamott’s concept from her wise, warm, and foundational craft book, Bird by Bird, try this quote on for size:
“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.”
There is so much to unpack here. I’ll be brief:
You need to…
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