Writing Tips: First Draft Rules

13 12 2012

Great tips! I tell # 2 to all of my clients.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1235996_pencil-pusherYesterday I posted six rules I write by. Here are some more tips of the trade I’ve discovered work for me, when I hold myself to them. Consider them my personal writing commandments.

  1. Don’t worry about the particular phrasing in a first draft. That’s what editing is for, so don’t get stuck wondering and wondering and wording and rewording a piece of dialogue. If you have some amount of words down that get the point across, and you know how the scene needs to progress, then keep writing. You can fix it later. Writing time is not editing time.
  2. Adverbs are the enemy, so try to avoid them if you can in your draft. My loyal followers know that one of my favorite quotes ever is Stephen King’s “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” They are often overused and make for weak, jilted writing. That said…

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13 12 2012
Author Annette J Dunlea Irish Writer

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