Never Make Your First Draft Your Final Draft!

Good advice for any writer. Editing is vital. ~ Flynn

Marcia's Book Talk

You have just completed the first draft of your book, and it is ready to be uploaded to the specific e-book website. You are about to press the button for it to be published…

WARNING! STOP! DO NOT PROCEED ANY FURTHER!

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This is something which seems obvious at first glance, but the more that one writes, the more essential this becomes in retrospect. Presenting a first draft as one’s final draft is a mistake in many ways, for a number of reasons. The story, first and foremost, is not yet ready for final uploading as it has not undergone what I would say is its refining. I find it generally very helpful if I write the first draft of a book, to back away from it. The distance, and time away from the particular book is something the writer needs in order to get their bearings, and really ‘make…

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