Copyblogger’s 10 Rules for Writing First Drafts

10 Rules for Writing First Drafts

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Correction: Celebrate with champagne, a bottle of Smuttynose or pitcher of sangria.

Copyblogger focuses on one good point, mimic the style of the greats. Steal with great pleasure. Don’t plagiarize, but sincerely admire and praise to no end. With this blog, I’ve tried to find authors with a particular writing style that appeals to me — stream of consciousness — from Hunter S.Thompson and James Joyce to José Saramago’s punctuation-less prose.

My credo: Write ’till your heart’s content. Look to other writers for inspiration and who respect the craft. Respect yourself and your talents. Don’t fear the red pen because constructive criticism is what will make you a stronger writer. Take a step back once in awhile – a fresh perspective can present pivotal changes in your story. Save all old drafts, even if to lock them away in a box at the bottom of your closet; they will be useful one day. Immerse yourself in language: diction, syntax, tone and voice. And share, even if you’re afraid.


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