Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How Clean?

How clean are your first drafts? I'm curious to know.


  1. They get cleaner each time, but they're still far from perfect. ;)

    Adverbs all over the show, stilted dialogue, not funny enough (or too funny if it's a serious piece), wonky grammar, too many commas... ;-)

    Then again, no one on the planet writes a clean first draft. If they think they do, their editor is lying to 'em. :D


  2. I always think they're better until I read them again. Then I think they're crap. LOL

    You can judge for yourself though - both my blog serial and my Scribd serials are first draft material (which is why they're free). ;-)

  3. I know there's a lot of advice from people who say to get it as right as possible the first time so the editing isn't so bad but that slowed down my writing big time. Now I write like the wind and come back to do lots more passes in editing.

  4. Unclean! Unclean! My current first draft is big on the vague and the exclamation points and low on the proper grammar and spelling.

  5. I write cleaner than I realized before I started hanging out with other writers. It's by no means anywhere near perfect, but it's definitely not messy.

  6. It's interesting to see how other people write.

    My first drafts are sparse. I think I underwrite which isn't always a good thing. Usually when I end up rewriting the second time around to add what's need and lacking. Then the third pass is just a read through to check everything over, before it goes to my beta.

    Thanks everyone for the insight.