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Allan's Rule For Re-Reading Your First Draft... Read the WHOLE Thing

Don’t trash that crappy first draft!

Oh it may be full of grammatical errors that would send your high school English teachers into hysterics but that’s not reason enough to throw it away.   1,179 more words

Blog Post #4: "Shitty First Drafts"

Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” is an important essay that informs the reader on some of her “Insrtructions on Writing and Life”. This, much to my and other readers’ happiness, involves writing awful first drafts – whether you are a professional writer, a student, or you write for fun. 589 more words

Two screens, 2 drafts! Voila! And Scrivener!!!

I think a common question among us first-time-novelists is something like, “How do I transform this mound of sludge into a novel?” In other words, how do we edit? 445 more words


New Stories In the Hopper: "Little French"

Thinking I’ll periodically show you a smidge of what I’m working on. See what you think. First up, “Little French.” No idea where this is going.  1,207 more words

First Drafts

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Today’s HW: 

1) Read Shitty First Drafts by Anne Lamott.

a) On separate lined paper, write down/label the thesis in the article.

b) Find a quote in this article, and write about it. 1,772 more words

Stream of Consciousness: The Human Being as a Draft

Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” included her personal recognition of her battles when she sat down to write. Sometimes, I wish I had a typewriter just for that purpose. 768 more words


Writing and Masochism

Sometimes, I go through phases that make me feel like everything I write sucks.   As you might imagine, this isn’t great for productivity.  To top it all off, artistic self-loathing also makes it really difficult for me to accurately assess my own work.   807 more words