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I was thinking about first drafts last night when I wrote to another writer:

“For me the hardest part of any book is the point where I read the first draft for the first time. I need every ounce of courage I’ve got for that.”

So true. I dread that moment, and my stomach quivers when I think how that’s what comes next with the WIP.

But for the moment I’m trying not to think too much about it. It’s necessary, I find, to let things sit for a while. Someone recently described this to me as waiting “for the heat to go out of it,” and although this sounds odd (Is this a book or a body we’re talking about?) I think it’s on target.

Write hot, edit cold: Good advice if you can follow it.

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