I came across this quote on Richard Nordquist’s blog, on overcoming the hesitation I have been feeling lately, including last night’s blog.
It’s from Annie Dillard.
Usually you will have to rewrite the beginning–the first quarter or third of whatever it is. Don’t waste time polishing this; you’ll have to take a deep breath and throw it away anyway, once you finish the work and have a clearer sense of what it is about. Tear up the runway; it helped you take off, and you don’t need it now. This is why some writers say it takes “courage” to write. It does.
(“Introduction: Notes for Young Writers,” in In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lee Gutkind, W.W. Norton & Company, 2005)
The comments from a previous post got me searching, I think it’s good advice. I just need to get cracking, and fill in the gaps later. And, yes, Dillard’s interesting choice of words, “take a deep breath” took me back a couple of posts!
Is “hesitation” or “procrastination” ever a problem for you? What do you do (or think I should do) to overcome it?