No more excuses. Start and learn as you go

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Editing |

How many times have you heard someone say ‘one day I’ll write a book…’? Yes, yes, we all have a book inside us. And often that’s the best place for it to stay (says she with a first draft in a box beneath her bed). Something is holding us back from writing the Great British Novel, or starting any project, probably the fear of starting. But will we ever be ready? There’s always an excuse not to start – we need to do more research, find the...

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Why a rough draft is better than polished perfection

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Editing |

Sometimes it’s vital to nail a piece first time. Recently a client needed website content ahead of exhibiting at an important trade show. I managed to turn the piece around at short notice and in record time, and was extremely proud and satisfied when the client said they were happy with it, that it didn’t need further work. I’d nailed it first time, on time. But normally I prefer to produce a first draft which isn’t too polished. Here’s why:...

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