What to Include in Your First Draft (and What to Skip)

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The “experts” say your first draft should be quick and rough, and that you fix it in later drafts. But when I first started writing, I didn’t get that. Why should I waste time writing a “rough” draft that I’ll have to correct later? Why not just take the time to make it perfect the first time around?

Inspiration Monday: Patience as a Sin

Sometimes, words are necessary, and other times

 

Mark

Tara

Chris

Lucy

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The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.

Inspiration Monday: Duck Duck Goose

Driving home from work today, figuring out a conversation between two characters that won’t even happen until book three – I start tearing up. Do your characters ever make you cry?

Regardless, feel free to laugh or cry for these characters:

DJMatticus

WritingSprint

Sam

Kim

Inspiration Monday: Stop the Presses

I have a song stuck in my head from The Court Jester but I can’t remember the words.

Never mind. Read the latest from the InMonsters:

DJMatticus

ArdenRR

WithASWritersSword

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Elmo

Genetta

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Inspiration Monday: Special Effects

So not only did we get WritingSprint back the other day, Debra comes back this week! (for y’all newbies: it was her idea to start Inspiration Monday). What veteran InMonster will return next? Scribbla? Jinx? Mike? Come on, people, don’t leave me hangin’!

Jody and another

DJMatticus

ARNeal