I’m not doing two versions of NaNo at once and I’ve already committed to WNFIN. Just wanted to pass this along because I LOVE this concept of using the SFD as a way through emotionally troubling experiences.
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2016 Letters to Patients
2017 Field Notes from a Life in Medicine
Day 1: Practice Shitty First Drafts
I first heard this concept listening to Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong. It refers to Anne Lamott’s writing process, described in her book Bird By Bird. Brown uses it as a way to work through strong emotions. When something hard happens, intense emotions can get the best of us. Anger, resentment, defensiveness, judgment, shame, and a multitude of other difficult feelings can overcome our senses. How can we keep from getting sucked into a raging emotional vortex, dragging others along with us?
Write a Shitty First Draft, or SFD for short. I have done this a few times recently. I take a pen and paper and let loose. I vent, rant, SWEAR IN ALL CAPS, draw angry faces, scrawl everything I feel, with total abandon. This…
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