Slow and steady wins the race

Contrary to what most writers say, a first draft CAN be amazing.

I have learned that if you invest the time and effort into producing a quality first draft, then it pays dividends when it comes to the editing stage. I know that a lot of writers advise against taking too long on a first draft, but I believe in getting it right the first time. It saves a lot of hassle later on, especially if you’re not a big fan of editing like moi.

Now that I’m doing my second draft, there’s not much that I have to fix, apart from minor typos and a few plot inconsistencies. But I’m finding it fun because it’s mainly just polishing something that is already edited. Arguably, I was editing as I wrote, because I wouldn’t move on unless a sentence passed a general standard of quality.

Of course, you can’t get everything right the first time. There’ll always be things that need improving, but it doesn’t hurt to try and make life easier for yourself. I understand that a lot of writers just want to get to the finish line (God, do I know), but is it really worth spewing any old crap onto the page? If that method works for you, then that’s great. I just thought I would point out that slow and steady CAN win the race!


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