Don't throw out your crappy writing. That's the good stuff.

This is, hopefully helpful for those of you who want to be write but aren't sure what to do after you get your story on paper.  Yeah, I know what your thinking.  "My stuff story is a bunch of crap.  So I'm hiding it."  You started off with this great story idea and you start writing.  By the time your finished you have a bunch of words that most likely don't even make sense to you.

Okay, so maybe that's a little exaggerated, but you get my point. 

Guess what?  You are not alone at all.  Everyone's work sucks after the first writing.  That's why re-writing is so important and probably more creative, in some respects, that the first draft.  So re-write.  Cut and paste those sentences so that your paragraphs make sense.  Add and subtract where needed.  Change things around so that the over all theme comes through clearly. 

And then re-write some more.  After a about a dozen re-writes you will get sick and tired of looking at your own words on paper.  After that, re-write some more.

So remember: we all write shit the first time around.  Just write it anyway!


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