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  1. Karen at Reprobate Typewriter
    August 13, 2018 @ 15:28

    I always have problems with that write crap thing. Perfect is going to eat me, sooner or later.

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  2. jlennidorner
    August 11, 2018 @ 04:18

    Always a good tip!

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  3. Anonymous
    August 8, 2018 @ 19:03

    I should heed that advice. Sometimes I have my spells of writing, but I’ve become very lax of late.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. raimeygallant
    August 6, 2018 @ 23:30

    It’s kind of like we have to take this leap of faith during the first draft. It’s an awful lot of time to invest in something we can’t be 100% sure will work out in the end, but you’re right, butt in seat is the only way to find out!

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 15:41

      Right just can’t know which makes the writing life a bit of the unknown until you can establish yourself. and even then there is no guarantee.

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  5. ChrysFey
    August 6, 2018 @ 18:27

    Great advice, especially to give yourself permission to write crap. Sometimes, we really do need to just write crap. lol

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 15:42

      Yeah, lol, I need to listen better to my own advice.

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  6. Liesbet @ Roaming About
    August 5, 2018 @ 10:49

    There’s a lot going on this month in the IWSG world. Sound advice, Juneta. Our worlds, determination, satisfaction, accomplishments and success start once the first word is written down.

    I hear you about putting the critic aside in the first draft. It’s difficult to do, probably for all of us “perfectionists”. The way I found a balance with my memoir, is to let it all flow in the first draft, but, before starting the next chapter, give the previous one a look over and make some corrections. This worked for me. It didn’t halt my creativity and it felt like I had something decent to work with in the second draft.

    I love the layout of your blog, by the way and how you put this post together.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 15:39

      Thank you. I also read the paragraph before to get my start on the next me or sometimes 2 or 3 so I can get my head back into it.

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  7. Lee Lowery
    August 4, 2018 @ 14:03

    This is the #1 best advice for writers. I have a Terry Pratchett quote, “the first draft is just you telling yourself the story” taped to my screen. It reminds me that the first draft is just that, and once I’ve told myself the story, I will revise revise revise until it’s ready to tell the story to others.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 15:57

      That is great advice. I just taped it to my screen too. Thank you for the quote.

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  8. Feather Stone, Author
    August 3, 2018 @ 14:27

    Hi Juneta. Love your energy. Yes, it’s wonderful to allow yourself to write the less than perfect paragraph. I’m trying something new this time around. I’ve been a panster for the past fifteen years. This time around, I’m working on a summary first. That might reduce the number of times I have to rewrite the whole dang novel, LOL. What do you thing?

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 15:37

      Definitely think it will help reduce rewriters because you are writing with some structure in mind so maybe will get you closer to want you want first time. I also am a pantster and I am trying an outline and plot board this time around.

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  9. Rebecca Douglass
    August 3, 2018 @ 13:04

    Nice summary! Yes, the inner editor has to shut up so you can write the draft (though I do know a few who are “perfect-as-you-go” writers. They write beautifully but the toll it takes on them is huge).
    —Rebecca
    My IWSG Post

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:01

      I am a bit too laid back I think to manage the perfect as you go and impatient. I ten to think in concepts first, and then go back to figure out the details. A born pantsier for sure. I am teaching myself to use an outline sketch of the story and that does seem to help and make it go a little better.

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  10. Toi Thomas
    August 3, 2018 @ 09:48

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love your advice about telling the editor to wait. Just writing is often the key. We writers sometimes just don’t do enough writing.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:02

      This is a new practice for me. Visualizing the editor going on vacation. I am bumping along with it but it does seem to help a bit.

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  11. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    August 3, 2018 @ 03:34

    Great advice 🙂

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  12. Adrienne Reiter
    August 2, 2018 @ 22:44

    Butt in chair is where it’s at! I’ve had students want to talk about marketing, projected income, and publishing venues. I always politely ask that they present their book to me first, and then I’ll discuss avenues and venues.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:03

      LOL, Right if they don’t have that the rest don’t matter. Smart.

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  13. Olga Godim
    August 2, 2018 @ 21:54

    Great advice, Juneta. “Give yourself permission to write crap.” As much I hate doing that, you’re right. It is the only way froward.

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  14. Gwen Gardner
    August 2, 2018 @ 19:25

    You are so right! Butt in chair writing is the first step, and give yourself permission to write crap. Once you have that, you can turn it into a real story through editing.

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  15. Lynda R Young
    August 2, 2018 @ 19:24

    Great tips. I especially like ‘giving ourselves permission to write crap’. It’s so important. We put enough pressure on ourselves as it is!

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  16. Natalie Aguirre
    August 1, 2018 @ 21:50

    I need to put words on those blank pages. Sometimes that the biggest challenge for me.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:05

      It is for me. That is why I say all that. I am ready to get past it and on to the next challenge.

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  17. Lori L MacLaughlin
    August 1, 2018 @ 21:02

    “Just do it” has been a motto of mine for a long time. Sometimes I need that kick in the pants.

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  18. Erika Beebe
    August 1, 2018 @ 20:14

    “Butt In Chair Writing. Just Do IT!” YES!!! I love this! Thank you. We write. we learn. We write more and we must not stop. Thank you. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:06

      Thank you. Happy IWSG.

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  19. spunkonastick
    August 1, 2018 @ 18:10

    Just do it! Not just a Nike slogan anymore.

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    • admin2
      August 7, 2018 @ 16:07

      lol, RIGHT! I forgot about that until you mentioned it. Too funny.

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  20. emaginette
    August 1, 2018 @ 14:58

    Permission to write crap is a huge one. It took me a bit to get over the fact I wasn’t a genius. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  21. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)
    August 1, 2018 @ 14:11

    We just have to do it! Then get help along the way.

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  22. Loni Townsend
    August 1, 2018 @ 12:03

    Yes! You’ve gotta do it if it’s gonna get done!

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