I am going to write an absolutely terrible first draft, and I’m not going to apologize for it.
The characters will be inconsistent, the exposition will be bare-faced, the details will be absent, and the climax will be boring.
I won’t care.
I will neglect the setting. I will force the dialogue. I will let the characters do whatever the hell they want.
It doesn’t matter.
I will use cliches. I will info-dump. I will rely on stereotypes.
It’s all right.
Because it’s a first draft.
All that matters is that I put words onto pages. Every day. Bad ones. Lots of adverbs. And the word nice. The phrase “nicely nice.” All of it in passive tense.
I will be kind to myself and to my first draft. I will let it get its way. I will baby it and baby myself.
But you’d better believe that once I have this first draft done, I will wring it out and make it surrender.
And, now, for your viewing pleasure, my Second Draft Manifesto.
Go, Jackie, Go!!! Imagine Pom poms and you’ll pick up what I’m laying down 🙂
You go girl! Just get it on paper!
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This approach has worked for me.
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In a battle against myself tonight. This is a reminder. Maybe someone else needs it too?