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This Is a Test

Why You Should Allow Yourself to Explore in the First Draft

Greer Macallister

The beginning is just the beginning.

I suppose some writers get ideas that translate to the page perfectly, and some find no gaps between the concept they have of their book before it is written and the reality of the book after it is written. Except I don’t know any of them. And I know a lot of writers.

The first draft can be so frustrating. You know what you want: a page-turner that also develops character, realistic situations that don’t get bogged down by unnecessary detail, a story that unfolds with no unnecessary information, and a dénouement that can’t be guessed from the start. The problem is, when you lay down those words on the page for the ...

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