From Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD:
It [listening to your broccoli] means, of course, that when you don’t know what to do,
when you don’t know whether your character would do this or that, you get quiet
and try to hear that still small voice inside. It will tell you what to do. The problem is
that so many of us lost access to our broccoli when we were children. When we
listened to our intuition when we were small and then told the grown-ups what we
believed to be true, we were often either corrected, ridiculed, or punished.
God forbid you should have your own opinions or perceptions — better to have head lice.
I realized yesterday that I am, indeed, listening to my broccoli.
I don’t yet have an entire first chapter of my new project,
but I’m taking my time with what I have written and, so far, love it.
Every book I’ve written has followed a different process,
and I’m hoping this one will be slow, steady, and broccoli-guided.
image from morguefiles.com
And it just so happens broccoli is my favorite vegetable.