Ten Rules for Writing First Drafts

Since I’ve been writing all day and have only two finished paragraphs and a whole lot of messy stuff on my page, I thought this poster was an appropriate reminder of what the beginning steps of writing look like.

The main thing to remember is that the first thing you write will not be wonderful, no matter how miraculous it seems after you’ve worked all day to produce it. You’ll arrive back at your desk in the morning and catch logical absurdities, unclear grammatical constructions, and blatant typos, then you’ll go on to commit more.

Keep typing. Keep revising. Eventually you may have something wonderful, but it will all start with that rough draft. Write on!

10 Rules for Writing First Drafts
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New Writers: What To Do If You Think You Want To Be Published

If you’re not a professional writer, but think that you might want to be, where do you start? How do you get something published?

Here are a few tips for where to start when you have something to say and want to see it in print.

  • Know your goals.
  • Join a writers’ critique group.
  • If you’re not sure of your writing mechanics, hire an experienced copyeditor to show you how to improve.
  • Learn about the writing, editing, and publishing industry.
  • Accept the fact that there are standard procedures and timetables in the publishing industry.
  • Get involved with writers’ groups and professional associations.
  • Enjoy the process.

You can read the full post at Words Into Books.