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Another Wednesday, another lesson. Hopefully, I’m really back without missing a week this time.

This week, we’re talking about first drafts. I think I touched on this recently, but some people still insist on ripping apart that first draft before it’s finished (I think we all have that one friend…), and it’s really starting to grate on my nerves.

Okay, so say you want to be published. You started this one draft and you get stuck. Well, that’s okay, take a break and come back to it later. But what do some people do more often than not when they see it? They decide they can’t stand the sight of it and throw it out. Oh, that really gets to me…

Guys, don’t throw out your first draft before it’s done. You’re not supposed to like it. That’s why it’s called a first draft. That’s what editing is for.

I understand putting a manuscript on the shelf for a while. I know for a fact that sometimes, you don’t go back to it for a few years. I know I haven’t touched one in over a year. Sometimes that happens. And yes, I will probably rewrite the whole thing when I go back to it. Granted, I did only have 15 pages written, and didn’t have a lot of knowledge about writing back then…

Anyway, I’m getting off track here. Rewrite if you want. Never throw out a first draft. It’s tempting, but don’t you dare. Wait until the second draft to completely rewrite it.

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