“Write a first draft as though you were thinking aloud, not carving a monument”

Patricia T.  O’Connor really hit the nail on the head with her quote. You can’t expect the first draft to come out as a masterpiece, because it isn’t. You miss the little details that come from writing a swamp of words that pour forth from your mouth to escape the confinements of your mind. Nitpicking those fine-line details while your first draft’s head is still soft can make it seem unemotional and even rushed. We’ve all done it I think, but isn’t that what writing’s about? Making mistakes on our journey to become better writers? 


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