Day 34 – And Some Comforting Words About Crappy First Drafts

Posted Feb 12 2018, 12:00 am

Here’s something that should comfort those of you who feel your first drafts are dreck:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the finest stylists in the English language, apparently wrote rotten first drafts. (A leading literary critic gently referred to them as “undistinguished”–but they were crap.)

Fitzgerald was a true reviser, though–sometimes rewriting an individual chapter seventeen times, until he got it right. And the final products were indisputably brilliant.

Press on, first-draft sloggers! Revision can turn dreck into gold!

How’s everybody doing today?

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