On First Drafts:

There is no such thing as the sacrosanct first draft, which must under no circumstances be changed, for fear of losing something precious and irrecoverable. Writing is a process, and during that process any number of decisions, conscious or otherwise, are made before a single word is written. There’s no mystery about this. Your initial choices may be instinctive, but they are washed through filters of arrogance, influence, self-censorship, experience, fear, understanding, partiality…the list goes on.

Nothing we write is ‘pure.’ So let’s disabuse ourselves of that myth and get on with the difficult task of writing. Which means, essentially, rewriting.


1 thought on “On First Drafts:

  1. Cassandra Jade

    Have to agree. Very occasionally I’ll write a scene in a draft that sits just right but even then, after changes are made around it I’ll inevitably have to change something about it. Rewriting and revising are definitely essentials.



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