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Fat or Lean?

Consider Your Approach to Drafting, and Refine Your Process

Anna Elliott

We’ve all heard the children’s nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat and his wife—how Jack could eat no fat, while his wife could eat no lean. This couple reminds me of my close friend and writing partner, Sarah, and me. She writes very lean first drafts of her novels. I, on the other hand, like to stuff my first drafts to nearly the point of bursting. Our approaches are as different as can be, but we’ve both produced multiple published novels—more than thirty between us. Each strategy has its unique benefits and challenges, and neither is better than the other. It’s simply a matter of deciding which approach works best for you and your story.

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