I will always be grate­ful to Annie Lam­ott for intro­duc­ing me to the con­cept of “Shit­ty First Drafts” in Bird by Bird. I am now begin­ning to under­stand that there is a sec­ond, equal­ly impor­tant, direc­tive: “Spell check it and pub­lish it.”

Get­ting the draft out of my head is only a start­ing point. We per­fec­tion­ists, cow­ards, and pro­cras­ti­na­tors can use the shit­ty first draft to alle­vi­ate the sting of “not get­ting start­ed” and yet still not accom­plish the need­ful thing.