I really want to write a post on the difference between writing a first draft and revising, but since I’ve been very confused on this issue over the last few weeks, I’m really behind on my pages, and therefore have no time to compose an elegant post about this dichotomy.
That is a long sentence.
I like the word dichotomy.
Luckily, there are people way smarter than me writing brilliant things about first drafts on the INTERWEBS. For example, Cris Freese has a great post over at writersdigest.com about first drafting. It starts like this:
“First drafts. They’re tough, right? I mean, first drafts of anything. Even the first draft of this blog post. Typing out those first two words alone: exhausting. So let’s try to make things a little easier on ourselves…
I probably don’t need to tell you that finishing a story is a constant struggle from ideation to publication (or sometimes—okay, most of the time—to rejection). It’s a journey walked in bare feet uphill with no street signs as strangers scream conflicting directions at you from the sidewalks.
I’ll start by stating one thing that applies to everything I talk about below: your first draft is all about…”