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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Eleven

The Second-Draft Deep Dive

“My only writing ritual is to shave my head bald between writing the first and second drafts of a book. If I can throw away all my hair, then I have the freedom to trash any part of the book on the next rewrite.” —Chuck Palahniuk

Don’t panic, you don’t have to shave your head to celebrate the commencement of your second draft. But there is a certain poignancy in Chuck Palahniuk’s willingness to do so. The best-selling author of Fight Club makes a good point about preparing yourself for the deep dive of the second draft. Short of cutting off all your hair, here are some strategies you might want to consider when preparing for your own second draft.

  1. Put the manuscript aside for a while. One week is good; ...

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