Plan to Throw Your First Page Away

Once you actually begin to compose a draft, don't lock yourself into keeping the first words you produce. In fact, it may be helpful to deliberately view each first paragraph or page as a throwaway. The absolutely worst part of writing for me is starting, staring at a blank page or monitor. If I can just get some words down, the task looks started, and I relax a bit. Once I start, my words come a lot easier. I shift from the slow first gear into progressively higher gears as my thoughts begin to accelerate. When this happens, my writing not only comes more easily, it's better writing. In this sense, I agree with Brady (above), who started out fast to create an initial mess to refine later.

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