I talked to my friend Kim a few days ago. She says she’s stuck on writing chapter six of her book. I keep telling her about my “put down any nonsensical idea you think of” method but I don’t think she has the hang of it yet. She says she wants to get it right the first time. Where’s the fun in that? But I can’t bear to see a friend in trouble so I looked online for the best advise about first drafts I could find. Quotes from the finest authors in all of history! Take a look at what I found, Kim:
“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
This is the one that came up most. I call my first drafts crappy, but there’s still the glimmer of excellence within. A budding potential! Sorry, Ernest, but you’ve crossed the line this time. And stop swearing on my site!
“I don’t write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.” – Dean Koontz
Wow, this guy sounds more your style, Kim. I’ve never read any of his novels, but they’re always next to Stephen King’s at the book store so they must be finished at least!
“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” – H. G. Wells
Ha,ha, no kidding man! Some guy read your stuff and thought that it needed more Tom Cruise! Kim, hurry up and finish so I can tell you what to change!
“I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have. I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third, and fourth drafts.” – Judy Blume
Stop daydreaming about fantastic scenarios and get to writing, you slacker! I want another Fudge sequel!
“I don’t fiddle or edit or change while I’m going through that first draft.” – Nora Roberts
Good advice. Now edit your quote so you don’t include three verbs that mean the exact same thing.
“Normally I do a first draft using pen and paper, and then do my first edit when I type it onto my computer.” – J. K. Rowling
Oh, brilliant, J.K. I can see why you’re the queen.
That’s all for now, Kim; I’ll look up more quotes later. Ponder these authors’ sagely words and tell me how it goes.