College in a Suitcase

Third is the One with the Hairy Chest

Posted on: January 15, 2009

Or you know the treasure chest if you were the one coming in third place. You had to spin things in your favor, of course. But everyone knows how this goes, “First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest.”

And apart from well almost anything where it doesn’t apply including athletics, board games, and most of life, I think it applies in writing.

And Kathryn agrees with me here as she writes “It’s okay if the draft isn’t terrific.” And honestly, first drafts usually aren’t. In fact, unless you have super-human powers, most of the time they just suck. The second one may not be the best, but unless you turned into a bad fan fiction writer, it will at the very least, be better. And every successive draft after that should get better, more polished, and more succinct. So let go, let that first draft fall short of your ideal story. And pretty soon you’ll at least have a finished draft.

And that’s a heck of a lot better than nothing. Or a hairy chest.

Miss Lissy


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