Your Rough Drafts Aren’t Really Shit

Ernest Hemingway is reported to have said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Decades later, in her book, Bird by Bird, Anne LaMott had a chapter called “Shitty First Drafts”. And author Mur Lafferty is fond of saying, “Don’t be afraid to suck.” I understand what they are getting at. First drafts are rough. … Continue reading “Your Rough Drafts Aren’t Really Shit”

Is THAT Necessary? Sometimes.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.