A peek inside my writing process - rough drafts and revisions

A peek inside my writing process - rough drafts and revisions

When I was home from college, I'd sit at my childhood desk with a blank piece of paper before me, trying to come up with the perfect first sentence for a story. I didn't even know what I wanted to write, but I felt like the perfect first sentence was the key to getting started.

Under that kind of pressure, I didn't get very far. Now I know better.

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How Revisions Make You a Better Writer.

How Revisions Make You a Better Writer.

I sent a short story to my writing partner this week. When I started writing, I felt certain that doing so was the right decision. The pieces of the story fell into place in an "aha" sort of way--so clear and vivid that ignoring them would have felt short sighted. 

By the time I sent it to her, I suspected it was terrible. As in completely hokey, unimportant, not worth her time and a far cry from my original vision. 

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It's okay to stop pushing and create space.

It's okay to stop pushing and create space.

I had a whole, glorious day set aside to write. It had been almost two weeks since I'd written something that wasn't an assignment or intended for someone else. I intended to revise the first few chapters of novel so I could send them to my reading partner. 

I settled into the big green easy chair next to the gas-burning stove in the house where Pete and I are staying (the latest stop on what I've come to call "musical houses", a game we are playing while he builds our home). The dog curled up in her bed and outside snow fell from the sky. I loved the way the moment felt.

But I had sooooo many questions.

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