I probably don’t qualify as being able to call Anne Lamott “Annie” but I really savored her words this past Saturday.
My heart leapt with joy when she said, “a page a day, that is fantastic, fantastic.” The way the word rolled out from her was just delicious. It didn’t come out too fast, but just perfectly “that is FANTAS-TIC.” The manner in which she said it made me feel like I could do it. That my meager writings were fantas-tic.
Then she talked about “just get it down.” Oh how I suddenly connected with the writer that is inside all of us! I knew exactly what she meant when she said that. So many times a spark of an idea hits and I tell myself: I will write it down later. I can remember that. Hell no! I can’t remember diddly! The moment I get a pencil in my hand, that brilliant idea is forgotten. I hate that I have allowed those crumbs of amazing thinking to slip through my fingers. Never again, thanks to Annie!!
“Spew and chew.” What a phrase! I need more spewing in my life. She said to lay it out and then once you have it, you can see the bones of the story and will have a better idea of what to cut and what to add. Such a smart one, that Annie! Can’t wait to put this tip into practice more often.
Then her talk ended. At the closing she gave a percentage of a very big number, was it 98%? ending it with that is how many will not get their story written down. Hard facts from Annie. I shuddered to think that I could contribute to that percentage. I don’t want to, I have a lot to write about. I refuse to not get my story written down. I will do my best to write a page a day, get it down and spew and chew.
And maybe by following Annie’s advice, I can get published, make loads of money, become famous and stop parading as a coach.