We Need to Talk About First Drafts, Now That I’m Rewriting Mine


Check out this insightful post from the Novelty Revisions blog that informs us that We Need to Talk About First Drafts, Now That I’m Rewriting Mine

Meg Dowell

I’ve never pretended that I know everything there is to know about writing.

The whole point of starting a much earlier version of this blog 11 years ago was to spotlight my life as a naive aspiring writer. I only started giving writing advice as I began to commit to learning not just how to write, but how to advance as a storyteller.

Even then, though, I’ve always made it a point to admit when something is beyond my scope of knowledge. If I don’t have much experience with something, I’m honest about that. And when I make mistakes, I call myself out on them and aim to always do better.

So here’s something I’m going to tell you now: I’ve never actually finished the second draft of a book. At least, not technically.

I’ve always struggled with long-term projects. And while I don’t have trouble committing to things, once…

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