Daily Quote


No matter where you finished, you now have words written, your first draft.

Step 1. You may need to finish some words to get the story completely done, and then comes the hard part.

Step 2. The marinating. Once your draft is done, put it away for a while and work on something else. Maybe it only needs a week or two, but it might need longer. You will know. The key is to let enough time pass that you can look at the draft with fresh eyes. Before you start…

Step 3. Editing.

What step are you on? Are you finishing your story? Or are your ready to let it sit for a while?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2 thoughts on “Daily Quote

  1. That implies that the first draft is a trying experience. I look at it as a challenge to myself to create something that will appeal to others and who will enjoy what i have created. I tend to think of it in the same vain as the sculptor who chisels out his sculpture roughly and then comes back and refines it to bring out the beauty of the creation along with the beauty of the stone. Is that why they call it the rough draft? Editing is the first refinement. Proof reading is the next refinement. And i think that the accomplished author probably makes several refinements to their work. Letting it maronate is a really good analogy. If you let your work set for one, two, three or more days the author forgets what they have said precicely and I generally say to myself why did I say it like that. The most important thing is to use speach and speach paterns that the author and others would use otherwise it fails to sound natural to the reader. I submit that no one can create a good piece of work with one draft and no refinements. When I wrote technical documents my work always got at least one review and generally two not to mention review by supervision peers and supervision. And the most critical review came from the user of the document.


    • I think the first draft can be a disappointment, in that it never quite measures up the ideal you imagine before you first set to work. When you read what you have written it can never compare with the dream. It, by no means, implies what you have written is rubbish. As you say, we need to be kind to ourselves, allow time to gain perspective and really see what is there. From there we can discover plot holes, rewrite, delete, tweak and improve. It is a process requiring objective input not only from our own point of view but also from alpha and then beta readers. Writing is, indeed, work.


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