Saturday, December 8, 2007

perfection in stages

A few weeks ago, when my semester was far too busy to follow up on it, I received a suggestion to post a very helpful reminder from the manage your writing blog.  It reminds us that if we aspire to perfection in our writing, we needn't get there all at once.  Of course the same perspective applies to our writing students.  As I tell my students, once you've done enough researching, thinking, analyzing, and organizing to think you're ready to start writing, give yourself psychological permission to do a brain dump draft.  Just dump all those ideas ricocheting around in your brain into the keyboard.  Then see what you have.  And then little by little, start cleaning it up.

hat tip:  Professor Diane Murley


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