Tip #16: Rough Drafts Should Be Rough
“Get comfortable with rough rough drafts. It is the rare writer who gets it right the first time. Even the most renowned authors in history carefully revised and edited their work before publishing. American poet Walt Whitman was always reworks his collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, releasing six different editions before his death in 1892. One reason students find writing tiresome is that they think they have to write a perfect paper on the first try. That kind of thinking adds too much pressure to the drafting process. Relax. Just get something down. Some parts will be great; most of it will be awful. No problem. You can go back and fix the bad parts. There’s a reason we refer to first drafts as rough drafts.”
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