the first draft

It is hard to make time to write, and even harder to start writing. I want the first draft to be the only draft, as if my word is scripture, my pen commanded by a higher being. These ridiculous expectations stem the flow from thoughts to paper and creates a truly jumbled and terrible waste of trees.

Don’t sweat it. Writing is work. Edit.

Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.
– Jane Smiley


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