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First Draft Desert

by Jeff Phelps on November 21st, 2010

If you’ve ever struggled to get to the end of the first draft of your novel or short story try the advice on: which I wrote for the blog of my good friend, Nick Daws.  The advice is mainly to myself as a matter of fact, but it’s good if someone finds it  useful.  Comments welcome even if not in agreement.

Writing a first draft can feel as if you are travelling across a desert with no compass – liable to fall into quicksand, stand staring at mirages or go off course completely.

The first draft is a real challenge – for me the most difficult part of the writing process. I can’t say I understand it, but I have managed to negotiate my way across that desert and will do so again at some point, still wondering whether it’s wise to set off with nothing more than a bottle of brackish water and a 25 year old street map.

Read my full article on Nick Daws Blog:

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  1. A useful read for anyone struggling with their first draft

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