Marsha Mildon's writing tips

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Marsha Mildon
Mystery Historical Fiction
6 months

Write it badly first—a horrible first draft makes it so much easier to 'revision' it into a wonderful story—in whatever form.

      • Marsha Mildon Marsha Mildon 2 months ago
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      • Been there, done that--a zillion years ago when I had to make every word perfect, I wrote lovely 12 line poems, which is great. But having realized a first draft is the starting place, I'm now able to also write novels, histories, and stage plays. So it definitely increased and improved my work.
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    • Dave Bartell Dave Bartell 2 months ago
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    • Why would you want to spend time writing badly? I think this is a myth--the suffering writer who writes cr*p, only to apply some alchemical process that turns the horrible draft into a bestseller.
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      • Marsha Mildon Marsha Mildon 2 months ago
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      • Lucky you to feel that way. It probably means you write brilliant first drafts. More power to you. However, in my experience as author and writing instructor, you're in a minority. Of course, the 'write it badly first' is an extreme version of the useful advice, which is not to agonize over the first draft. But many people need the extreme version when they're agonizers.
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