Forget About the Barbie!

A Writer’s Roadmap Thursday Postcard

Writing a book? Here are 4 no-fail shortcuts to a good first draft:

1. Make it true. Fiction or nonfiction, capture the truth as you understand it. 

2. Make it clear. You’re talking to someone when you write. Who is that? Use words that are easy to understand and remember. It’s not the words that make a piece deep, it’s the mind behind them.

3. When the draft is done, separate your intentions from the piece itself. This can be sad. Like Christmas morning when you wanted a Barbie and you got a dollar store fashion doll. You can still play with her and have fun, but first you have to FORGET ABOUT THE BARBIE.

4. Go back and make it graceful. This involves omitting needless words.