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First Drafts

Lesson 46 Chapter 3 Module 5

This week we’ve been learning a fair bit about some different styles and structures for writing, from drafting essays and articles to bulleted-lists, with some medieval literature and one long run-on sentence as well.

There are lots of different ways that you can use your writing and available creative tools (comprehension, words, grammar, etc) to tell your story in a unique way.

It may be something that is easier for the reader to scan on the internet or it may be a complete loss of stop-punctuation to give the prose a breathless crashing urgency.

While I am a big fan of such fun (again, cause writing should be fun for you!), the truth is that you can’t necessarily worry about experimenting with different methods of writing like this if you don’t have something to work with in the first place.

Many writers will tell you that such decisions can be made in editing and revision, but just getting the words out of your brain and onto a piece of paper (or computer screen, or whatever you are using) is really the first step before starting to play around with things.

Which is why today, we are digging into the time-honored tradition of terrible first draft writing. There are lots of different terms and theories about getting first drafts out, most ending with the reminder that you have editing and revisions for a reason.

But if you aren’t writing something in the first place, there’s nothing to edit or revise anyway.

So sit back, and with a bit of NSFW reading due to language (for those of you reading and printing this at the office), see what you think of Anne Lamott’s writing process for the food articles she used to write.

And how you might be able to incorporate some of that spirit into getting the ideas out so you can start playing around with them and make something truly interesting and maybe even inspiring.

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