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Get 'er done: Editor's Notes #155
December 15, 2013
Hello,

Few of my novels contain a single sentence that closely resembles the sentence I first set down.
--Michael Cunningham


In this issue:

1. Get 'er done
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

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1. Get 'er done
In Advice to Writers, journalist Dominick Dunne says that the best advice he ever received was to finish a first draft. Once there is a whole book, a writer, often along with an editor, can decide what needs to change. Without that whole draft, there is only the hint of an idea of a book.

Have you finished your first draft? It won't be perfect. First drafts aren't even meant to be perfect. That's why each is called a "first" "draft." Both words mean that there will be other, almost certainly better, versions.

So, if you are stuck, just get 'er done. One word at a time, get a first draft finished.

The next step is to go over that draft yourself to see what you think will make it better. When you can't do any more yourself, turn it over to an editor. That extra set of eyes and fresh perspective will surprise you with insights.

Wherever you are in the process, take advantage of seven free reminders designed to help you move toward your 2014 writing goal.
http://www.writershelper.com/writing-goals.html


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2.Tickled my funnybone
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

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3. Interesting Web site
Here's a site for those of you who want information from magazines. It promises to help on a wide range of topics.
http://www.ipl.org/

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