Today I'd like to focus on one of the best pieces of writing advice ever, the importance of moving ahead when writing a manuscript.
As Satchel Paige says, "Don't look back." If we do, guess what's gaining on us? The possibility of not being able to complete that book!
Author Norma Beishir says, "Finish the first draft before attempting ANY changes of any kind. Otherwise, the manuscript will never get finished. I'd often give my agent or editor a first draft with the following note: 'Just tell me what's wrong with it.'"
One reason some don't complete their first draft is because they keep looking back. I was talking to someone working on a children's book. Although the story sounded awesome, and she'd thought it through from start to finish, she hadn't written that much.
During revision, whole scenes may be cut and characters eliminated to keep the pace exciting and the story progressing. But the most important thing to remember is that from the rough cut of your first draft (and second, third or more), will emerge a smooth and polished manuscript.
Have you made the mistake of looking back? Are you currently revising a first (second or third) draft?
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