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Chapter 8. Write This Way > Spit and Polish: Revising and Editing - Pg. 91

Write This Way Understand that your first draft won't be perfect. Even when time is tight, you'll have to revise and proofread. 91 There's no one way to write, as long as you do it when you have to. If you're the life of the party, for example, you're unlikely to do much planning, preferring to work out your ideas as you write. On the other hand, if you're shy, you're far more likely to prepare detailed outlines before you get into writing actual sentences and paragraphs. No matter: Find the method that works with your personality and writing task. You can use your notes and outline as a framework for your first draft. Start at the beginning and work through everything. Try to write at a steady pace until you reach a natural breaking point, such as the end of a section or a meal. Most writers learn early to stop for a meal. If you write without a net (any planning notes and outlines), look for links among ideas. Remember, you're not under any obligation to use all or even part of this first draft. This realization can free you to explore new directions. No matter how you ultimately decide to create your first draft, set up a schedule and stick to it. It's tempting to put off writing, as with any tasks we find difficult or challenging. I'm cracking the whip, so get to it! Spit and Polish: Revising and Editing Jacqueline Susann wrote on colored paper, in this order: yellow for draft #1, blue for draft #2, pink for draft #3, and white for the final copy. Revision worked for her, sure enough. Here's a hot tip: Your writing will always be better if you go over it with a critical eye. Revise and edit your drafts by cutting material, replacing material, adding material, and rearranging what's al-