by Laura Michelle Thomas
In this vlog, I respond to a young writer’s request for feedback on an unfinished novel manuscript. I also read from page 155 of Polly Wants to Be a Writer, where Polly asks Ms. Whitford to read and comment on the unfinished first draft of her short story.
The Truth About First Drafts
1) A first draft is always crappy. It’s a lump of clay.
2) A first draft is not finished until you write the final scene.
3) A first draft is never publishable.
4) You are going to be your most creative when you let yourself have fun on your first draft.
5) First draft writing is uncritical. No dragons allowed.
6) Say yes to everything, knowing you will refine your draft later.
7) First-draft writing is a rare opportunity to be free. There are no limits except those you impose yourself.
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