Writing the First Draft

Writers tend to be perfectionists. We hate mistakes. And we love to be clever, witty, poignant, current, relevant, funny, touching, exciting — the full range of emotions and storytelling. We also hate to edit and revise. But it’s part of the business. Yes, it’s a business, whether we think of it that way or not. In my “real job,” I write web content for a major shoe manufacturer. Most of what I write is headlines, email copy, and short sentences and phrases. The department lives and dies by the adage “Brevity is the soul of wit.” (Yes, we deliberately chose a shoe pun as our catch phrase. It’s how we roll.) Usually I have a strict character count or space I can fill, and it’s absolutely cannot be more or bigger. In my other writing career — books — I have no such restriction. However, many of the same rules apply about writing drafts and revisions, no matter your word count.

Writing resource Copyblogger.com created a terrific guide to writing the first draft of anything, from a short and pithy headline to the next great American novel. Check out their succinct 10 step process to explode your creativity!

10 Rules for Writing First Drafts
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