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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Oh what a mess my first drafts are...

So, the 1st-of-the-month post I was going to be doing stopped quite quickly, didn't it? The reason for that is pretty simple - I've simply been too busy, and too tired, and too stressed, and I completely forgot that this blog existed.

Since October (which I believe was the last time I updated this blog) I've been posting 3 times a week to Loot The Room, I've published four D&D products on the DMs Guild, I've been (slowly) working on both a novel and a screenplay, I shot a video with my band (which still isn't out, and I'm not too happy about that) and I've been swamped with work from my MA. (I've also been helping to look after a toddler, but we won't get into that.)

I've been busy, is what I'm saying, and I forgot. Sorry.

I also didn't manage to get my usual Friday post up on Loot The Room, because I got in from work at 4am and was just exhausted. So, as a sort of penance, I'm going to shame myself a little. I wrote a short story for my MA that was really quite rushed, to the extent that I didn't even have time to proofread it before I submitted it. Which, you know, that's not good. Irritatingly, I was half a mark away from getting a Distinction on the module overall - and I lost marks for some typos in the story, and for the middle of it feeling rushed. Which it was, so that's fair.

I know people who claim to be able to write publishable, saleable writing on the first draft. I am not one of those people. My first drafts aren't bad, but they always need work.

This is what one of my first drafts looks like, typos and all. Enjoy my shame.

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