Thursday, May 7, 2009

Writing Tip #113 - Give Yourself Permission to Suck!

That’s right, allow the first draft of whatever you are writing to stink to high heaven! Let it be cliché, improbable, ridiculous, common. Something a publisher wouldn’t release if you were the last author on the planet.

So many writers get stuck in the trap of not writing because we want the first draft to be perfect. For all the characters, stanzas, plot twists to come out perfectly whole. Or worse, we’re scared we wont finish what we started, so why even make the effort? With that kind of pressure no wonder we get stuck looking at blank pieces of paper.

Speaking of blank paper – go get a piece. I’ll wait.
Tap. Tap. Tap.
You’re back!

Okay, here is a 10-minute freewrite exercise to get those brain cells firing.

In the middle of the day Gail walks out onto her deck to find a peculiar scene. A young Asian man, dressed in ratty clothes, is passed out in the yard. A few feet away, a blond, diaper-clad baby is crawling around eating dandelions.

1. What happened right before Gail walked outside?
2. What will Gail do now?

Feel free to share what you came up with.

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