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Stop Glorifying the First Draft and Finish It

Stop Glorifying the First Draft and Finish It

As a mentee for writers, a critique partner, and person who generally has a lot of friends in very different stages of the author business, I end up talking to a lot of people about their first drafts. Especially their first-manuscript first drafts.

The attitude of many first-manuscript writers can be summed up nicely in this graphic, which I’ve grabbed off Pinterest:

Tangled Meme
(So much is wrong about this graphic, but I only got time for the starry-eyed attitude today.)

There’s something very sweet and appealing about this. It reminds me of the sentimental early days of writing,…Continue Reading

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