Cristian’s article on writing a first draft contains excellent advice for writers of any genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even eighth graders struggling with an essay the night before it is due. (Sorry, but procrastination is your own demon that you must continuously battle.)
Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. That thing you do when you tell yourself that your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great writing is born in a single moment of inspiration.
I want to destroy those things so you can get down to the business of writing. And that begins with first drafts.
First drafts tend to scare the hell out of most writers. Even the greats. Kurt Vonnegut said, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
So when a writer of his caliber makes a statement like that … do you think you will be any different?
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