In this installment, Auntie Deborah discusses writing a first draft, the unfairness of publishing, and when to run away from a publisher's contract.
Dear Auntie Deborah: How can I prevent myself from constantly trying to edit as I draft?
- Beginning each session with reading the last page or so but not making any changes in it.
- Reminding myself that the only draft that counts is the one on my editor’s desk. And that what looks like an error may point me in the direction of a deeper, richer story, so I need to preserve all that drek the first time through.
- Reminding myself about author B, whose work I greatly admire, who told me that no one, not even her most trusted reader, sees anything before her third draft.
- Giving myself permission to be really, really awful.
- Falling in love with the revision process. I can hardly wait to get that first draft down so I have something to play with.
- Writing when I’m tired. Believe it or not, this helps because it’s all I can do then to keep putting down one word after another.