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Arindown (Gracie)

@bama-rose That was a really good piece of advice.😊

Ah, chapter 9. Mine was chapter 21…the longest, hardest, most horribly written chapter in my whole book so far.😁


I’m not one that typically struggles with perfectionism in life, but with writing, it has been a problem sometimes. Alabama Rose probably put it better than I ever could, but I’ll add my two cents anyway.

The thing I’ve learned is to stop holding myself to a standard. Just write. When working on the first draft of a novel, it’s better to write a page of the worst you’ve ever jotted, than one perfect sentence. Perfect sentences will come later.

Your first draft is the kid you, playing in the mud after the rain. Your finished product is more like a clay sculpture…completely detailed.

Jump in puddles, throw wads of goop, get dirty, and worry about the rest later.

Not all who wander are lost.

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