To Manage Your Stories, There Are Essentially Six Steps

This is really just such a good, practical article that I needed to capture it here in the hopes I can find it again someday.

To manage your stories, there are essentially six steps. One, lower your standards. Get something down. Swallow the bile that rises in your throat when you write a first draft. Because the fact of the matter is, as you learn, that it contains the promise of the final one. Print out early. One of the downsides of the computer is we don’t hit the print button. Print out early. Read aloud. People don’t read aloud. Better yet, have someone else read it to you. If they’re stumbling, it’s probably because it’s not clear enough. It took me a long time to accept the fact, “I’m bored reading this.” Think about all the stories that have been published that if you read them aloud, you’d say, “God, this is boring. Who the hell would read this? I’m only reading it because I’m being paid to.” You have to be honest.

http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/article/101452/Writing-is-all-about-rewriting-which-means-youve-got-to-get-something-down.aspx

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