Let’s take the “Rough” out of Rough Draft

D.A. Roberts

I think the best place to begin is with the old expression, “Rough drafts don’t have to be perfect…they just have to be written.” To me, that pretty much says it all. Just write it. Editing comes later. Grammar, spelling and structure can all be fixed. In fact, that’s what editing if for.


The first hurdle is the rough draft. Maybe we should start calling it the “first draft” instead of the rough draft. Rough draft sounds daunting. Believe me, if I can do it…so can you. Unfortunately, most people never make it through this phase.  For many, facing the daunting task of completing your story becomes insurmountable. They give up when the writing becomes more work than they realized. This is the part that separates the readers from the writers.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at writing a novel, you soon realize that it isn’t all book signings…

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