To add to the collection of Nail On The Head writers advice…
There’s a reason people tell you the first draft shouldn’t take any longer than three months.
All right, all right, calm down–they’re not saying it should be good. Everyone who’s written anything knows the first draft is always garbage. (In my case, the quality of the second and most of the third draft are also highly questionable.) But, it turns out there’s a reason for most advice “they” give about writing.
I’m talking about the standard advice for fledgling authors: Start with short stories and work your way up. Accept that your writing will be crap at first. Finish your first draft in three months.
And, here are the problems with that advice, according to me, six years ago:
I came up with a great idea for a BOOK. Not a short story, not a novella, but a furREAKing book, okay? Sure, the last thing I wrote successfully was a grocery list, which I may or may…
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