From Crap to Craft: The Journey of Becoming a Skilled Writer

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

Octavia E. Butler

The realization that it was okay to write a crappy first draft is one of the most freeing discoveries of my entire writing life.

My first draft would never be perfect, not matter what, but for years I refuse to believe it. I used their lack of perfection as a club to beat myself up with.

Acceptance of this fact opened the floodgates so I could write with while abandon, without caring how the words came out.

THAT the words came out, that’s what mattered because they could always be fixed later.

The beauty of this realization is that I write more words each day, and I write them more easily. Click To Tweet

The angst that used to plague me as a young writer is gone, replaced with a more whimsical view of writing.

What I write each day is far less important that THAT I write each day.

This persistence, this daily practice, delivered a wonderful miracle over time, too.

My first drafts suck less.

My first drafts are actually pretty good.

This still surprises me, though, because after this revelation I never expected to write a decent first draft.

Your daily writing habit will deliver the same results for you.

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