11 thoughts on “Lousy First Draft: You’re Missing the Point

  1. You nailed it. First draft is all about emotion. It’s that special kind of magic that we wish we could put in a bottle. The first draft is special. No other draft is like it.

    Embrace all the mistakes and while you’re at it, embrace the emotions.

    Excellent! Thanks!!!

      1. It’s the only way I know how. I threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into that first draft. Afterwards we went to work by shaping it and crafting it into a better story. But the emotion stayed. No matter how much editing we did we never touched the emotional part of the story.

          1. I hired an editor. She’s a dear friend and I was one of her first clients. She has an amazing eye for detail. I would suggest hiring an editor. A good one can take your story to the next level. The hard part is listening to them. :)

    1. I’ve only recently discovered the work of researcher James Pennebaker about the specifics regarding writing’s therapeutic value. It ain’t anecdotal, that’s for sure.

  2. I have too strong a perfectionist streak I guess, to be able to just write and keep on going without looking back at every red squiggle the pc makes when there’s any error. And stop to correct! I’m sensing, too, a subtle underlying message generally questioning what, and why about what I’m writing about something I believe I remember. I have more difficulty getting emotion into my writing that any concern over too much. I discovered this when I’ve read my earlier writing that reads like a report. I’m still trying to break away from that.

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