Your First Draft Is a Terrible Giant Mess. Love It Anyway.


Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog that reminds us that Your First Draft Is a Terrible Giant Mess. Love It Anyway.

Meg Dowell Writes

At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to not only return to my unfinished NaNoWriMo draft, but also to finish writing it.

But then I made the mistake of rereading everything I had written over a very rushed month and a half. And to be honest, I’ve barely looked at it since.

Not because I don’t love the story or even because I don’t intend to go back and finish it someday. But because what I saw on those pages was enough of a mess to turn me off to the project for a long time.

I realized as I read that in order to tell a better story, I would eventually need to rewrite most of what I’d worked so hard to write the first time. I even wanted to change the main character/narrator’s name and switch from a single-perspective, first-person point of view to a…

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