Give Yourself the Gift of a First Draft
As writers, we talk a good game with our quotes on creativity.
We bandy the coolest-sounding advice phrases from successful authors and pretend we totally agree with them.
Unfortunately, this is almost always lip service. We agree with these successful authors…when it comes to anyone else’s manuscript. When it comes to our own manuscript, though…well, we’re just special, aren’t we?
One of my favorites is from Terry Pratchett, and it’s about the first draft.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? I’m sure if you were having coffee with a writer friend right now, you’d thoroughly enjoy telling them this and nodding sagely. Continue reading