And yes, I realize today is T, but I had my dates mixed up and gave Janet the wrong letter. Tomorrow will be T.
I met Janet last fall through one of my CP's, and she's been such a nice writing friend, answering questions, letting me pick her brain, and even guest blogging for me:) I've now read all her books and can't wait to read this one.
Take it away, Janet.
When we’re writing our novels or poems or English papers or even our Christmas letter one of things I’ve learned is to remember is that first drafts are meant to be U-gly. See, even when I first wrote that sentence I had to read it over a few times and realize I’d left out a key word. So I fixed it. The ugly. Also, confession time, I usually spell Grammar with an e instead of an a. Ugly.
Sometimes we need to get down the thoughts in our heads, and sometimes we need to do it in a big hurry. Or at least I do. So when I belch out a bunch of words, or dialogue between two characters I need to get it down. Fast. And it’s good to remember you can come back to it later and fix it.
Ugly first drafts are standard. The bones are there but often the bones are broken or out of place and need to be fixed.
I hate to admit it, but I am not the ultimate Grammar Queen. I sometimes mix up things like peak and peek. I’ve been known to spell things wrong and use words out of context. Let’s face it; the English language is a tricky one.
But at least I have learned that I have to go back to my ugly first drafts and polish them up. Look for the things I need to fix, the grammatical errors that you can skip or miss. Even better in the publishing world, there are copyeditors whose JOB it is to find those errors. And they often pick up things I’ve missed.
Thank Goodness for Copyeditors who find the Ugly even in later drafts!
Isn't Janet great? First drafts are meant to be messy and ugly. It's in the revisions where our stories become polished.
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