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I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This…

But: Your first draft can absolutely be ugly. That is really not a problem. Not at all!

Well, to be honest…

I’m the one who needed to hear that 😝

I’m currently coming out of a finished project for somebody else, and going into a new story, and I’ve noticed that I’m moving slower than my normal pace. I’m not satisfied with what I’m writing down. I want that thing to come out into the world looking fantastic, beautiful, and polished.

Because the last work I did was beautiful and polished… but I need to remember that that was in the end. In the third and fourth drafts.

It seems like I’ve gone into a new project needing the reminder that:

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

~ Terry Pratchett

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.

~ Jodi Picoult

The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color.

~ Emma Hill

Fiction, like sculpture or painting, begins with a rough sketch. One gets down the characters and their behavior any way one can, knowing the sentences will have to be revised, knowing the characters’ actions may change.

~ John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist

Did you need this reminder? I know I sure did.

What are your thoughts and techniques
for writing a first draft?

Share in the comments! 🙂

Take care & Write on,


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6 thoughts on “I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This…

  1. Yesss! Embrace ROUGH rough drafts! I am actually helping my boyfriend edit movie reviews he has written, and it’s crazy how editing makes things sound so darn good. I tell him, “Our brains can’t spit our thoughts sounding perfect–so get your thoughts on paper, THEN we can make them sound good.” 🙂

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