Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jump off a Cliff (part 2)

(read part 1, first)
I have to admit, I heard the same lecture at Vermont that the 'Through the Tollbooth' writers did (or else that faculty member uses this example every few years) and I heard the sound of over a hundred writers gasping. Maybe it was just my own intake of breath, but it seemed loud -- as if the whole room had done it.

Get your first draft written down
and then --
Hit the DELETE key?

How brave.
How foolish.
Are you certain you will remember enough of what you wrote to be able to recreate it?
If you delete it -- it's gone -- For-ev-er.

And yet.
And yet....
And yet, how many times have you been unable to find a file and had to recreate what you had done?
Misplaced a paper?
Woke up in the middle of the night with a thought/ wrote it down/ and were unable to read it in the morning?
You had to recreate it.

Did you decide that your second try might have been a tiny bit better than your first attempt? And, since you weren't locked into that first version, you were free to improve/ expand/ etc.
I'm just rambling here.

Have you done this? -wendieO

1 comment:

laurasalas said...

I haven't ever deleted the first draft (purposely) of anything longer than a poem. I have started over from scratch in a new file before. But actually deleting it? No way.

In fact, it makes me feel kind of sick to my stomach.