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‘Your first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written.’ I’ve heard this saying a lot when writers talk about first drafts. At some point or another, as you sit slumped on your couch drinking tequila at 11 am and reading last weeks career section, wondering if you actually should return to teaching again, someone says this…’Don’t worry, everything will be fine, it’s only your first draft.‘
I never understood the truth of these bite sized motivational phrases until now.
At the moment I am reading though my incredibly rough and poorly constructed first draft. It is terrible. BENJAMIN LAW at the Emerging Writers Festival 2014 said this about terrible first drafts, “All writing is vomiting, then cleaning it up.” I have nailed the vomiting part. Now I have to learn how to clean it up.
The following are some of the sentences I found in my first draft
- ‘Ok Genius, Now write something!’
- ‘Meghan I think this has all gotten well out of hand, you loved waitressing didn’t you? – please don’t make me go on!
- ‘She (main character) hits her head now and then is sad about it.’
- ‘Time for bed Meghan.’
- ‘Yeah I know it doesn’t make sense. What’s with the eyes?’
- ‘(This problem is for future Meghan to sort out – Present Meghan is drinking now)’