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Happy Birthday, Anne Lamott
Merlin Mann | Apr 10 2006
Although I've mentioned my fondness for her work many times before, it's worth sharing a favorite piece of advice she's given to young writers. From (of course) Bird by Bird comes her notion of the "shitty first draft."
Lamott also mentions how she keeps a one-inch square picture frame on her desk. And every time she feels stuck, she picks it up and remembers that all she has to do to get started is fill one square inch with words.
Although I doubt she'd choose the title herself, Anne Lamott is a life hacker of the first order. Her tips for writers are practical, real, and stripped of the pretentious quill-pen affectations many of us grew up holding. Everyone I know who's read her stuff cites it as some of the most inspiring advice they've received, and most of us return to it often for a shot in the arm.
Anyhow, Happy 52nd to Anne Lamott, and thanks for the good stuff.
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