When its ajar… and letting a draft in.
Okay so, not the best way to begin my point, unless this post is my first write up? Unless I plan to go back and revise it?
Okay you got me again. I’m not planning to do that, but I am planning to talk a little about letting draft writing really be that. Just a draft. Just a first go. A stream of consciousness? Writing so you don’t forget base ideas?
When I write, I usually like to make sure what I am writing is the best it can be in that one sitting. I tell myself in the recesses of my mind that if I go back and change it, then what was the point of writing it in the first place? The odd word change, fine, but more than that?
I do this in all that I write. I tend to write poems in one go. All my essays throughout my undergraduate were barely revised. These blog posts? You understand. Recently I was writing after a long hiatus, and realised for the first time, actively, that this is probably quite unhealthy and unhelpful.
A draft is just that. The first write up. The one that won’t make it to the end, because it can be better. The ideas you can share and brainstorm with people to expand and improve what you think you know.
You’re not alone if you rarely drastically change what you write. But you’re not alone if you want to join me in changing that bad habit. Push your mind door ajar… let the drafts in.