I really needed to read “Drafting a Personal Essay Is Like Stumbling Through a Dance” today. Here are some bits that hit me hard:
It’s not enough to see a successful dance or personal essay—you can study all you want, but it’s only in the act of doing that you learn what’s right and what isn’t.
The bad news about first drafts is that they are necessary. The good news is that they’re only a starting point.
There are many ways to get better at writing—take classes, join critique groups, read voraciously—but nothing gets you around the fact that you must also write and revise.
…take comfort in the fact that your words are still on the page. You’ve done the hard part and unleashed your awkward vulnerability.