“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”
— Mark Twain
When you’re an eager new writer, you strive mightily to craft just the right words. Words that will enthrall your readers and pull them along to the very end of your letter. Words that will cause them to take action.
But when you stare into the abyss of your empty white laptop screen, you ask yourself, What will I write? When I write my first draft, will I wind up with nothing worth salvaging?
And when you do write something, you may feel compelled to cross out every word. All of them look ugly.
But there is a simple answer to the first-draft blues. Don’t write a first draft. At least not right away.