D is for drafts. Here is a poem by Wilfred Owen, two drafts of which his mentor Siegfried Sassoon has scrawled over. They discussed their writing while at Craiglockhart military hospital in 1917, and this poem became one of the most famous poems of World War I.
Many writers, including myself, would love to think that their first draft is perfect. But of course it never is! Even poetry gods like Wilfred Owen needed a little criticism.
Just over two years ago I went to a writing class in Los Angeles with the first pages of my novel. Those pages are barely recognisable now, but they existed, and were read and commented on. I listened, and reflected, and redrafted. Then in London, the writing groups I attended had a different response to my pages, and I listened there too, and redrafted. I read books on writing, I reread what I’d written, I left time and space between each draft, to check again, and polish it up to the best it could be.
I am a huge advocate for writing classes, and ever grateful to my sister Camille for encouraging (or forcing) me to go to my first. Writing is a craft, you have to learn it. And then you have to practise practise practise. One draft after another. 📖 🖊 🌟 📚
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