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ADVICE FROM ANNE

“The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, “Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?” you let her. No one is going to see it. If the kid wants to get into really sentimental, weepy, emotional territory, you let him. Just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means.” - Anne Lamott

Occasionally Mr. Poopy Pants poops all over my page, but that's okay, it's just a first draft. I'll clean up the mess later. At least my page isn't blank anymore.


 

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writerjenn
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Such vivid imagery. ;-)
angeladegroot
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you. I try.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 8th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
You are a genius. You and Anne Lamott.
angeladegroot
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Anne and I thank you.
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