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Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Think of Drafts as Rehearsals

Today’s re-blog has advice that could help folks who’ve thought that “maybe” they “might” “someday” write “something” actually sit down and begin :-)

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stage rehearsalWriting a first draft can be scary. Even though we’ve all been told that first drafts are supposed to be shitty, it’s tough to shake off the pressure of feeling like you have to get it right the first time.

But, what if you thought of your initial drafts as rehearsals?

I heard this brilliant piece of advice recently (I think it was a side comment from one of the co-hosts of the excellent Writing Excuses podcast), and it put draft writing in a whole new light for me.  Thinking of each draft as a successively more polished performance not only takes the pressure off that first draft (Who would expect a drama company to be perfect at their first rehearsal?), it also helps illustrate why having multiple drafts of a story is not a bad thing.

The initial rehearsals for any kind of performance are a hot mess…

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2 responses to “Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Think of Drafts as Rehearsals

  1. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie) May 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for sharing, Alexander!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai May 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    You’re welcome — Thanks for writing it so I could re-blog it :-)


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