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Get Motivated: @AnneLamott on Writing First Drafts | #amwriting

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, “Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?,” you let her. No one is going to see it. If the kid wants to get into really sentimental, weepy, emotional territory, you let him. Just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten by more rational, grown-up means.

~Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
pp. 22–23

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  1. Monday, March 12, 2018 8:45 am

    Anne Lamott saved me while I was writing my first draft! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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