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Writing Your First Draft

Part of the Creative Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Writing a first draft of your creative writing project – whether a novel, short story, poem or play – can be a bit daunting. Follow these handy hints to help you organise your thoughts and manage your time:

  • Don’t worry about a great opening line yet. Simply start writing wherever you like.

  • Keep the flow going in the early stages – keep writing without stopping, going back, re-reading or changing what you’ve written.

  • Remember to show not tell – think about how to dramatise what you’re writing about and create visual images.

  • Start somewhere else and get going again if you become stuck on a particular passage.

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