Common Writer Advice Revised

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We all get tips from well-meaning people who truly believe the wisdom they’re imparting. The most common writer advice I hear is this:

  1. You don’t need a detailed outline.
  2. Don’t revise mid-draft; just write.
  3. It’s okay if your first draft sucks.

This advice works for a lot of people, but if this isn’t your process it can leave you feeling like you’re doing something wrong. At least that’s how it makes me feel. And lord knows we writers don’t need more self-doubt! So I set out to examine why people give this advice, and to revise it into something more useful for those of us who might not fit the mold.

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