going to let you in on a secret, and show you
something that writers don't always show anyone. I'm going
to show you some DRAFTS AND REVISIONS.
why: It's good to know that writers have to redo things a
lot--because if writers have to work hard on things, don't be
surprised if you have to, also. That doesn't mean your work is not
It does mean this, though: Usually, work is
not good, right away.
At the beginning, your work (or
mine) may be pretty good, or even very good. But it's probably
not "all-done, ready-to-go" good.
Here, I'll prove it, with
my own stuff. Here's a version of a poem called "Skipping." It's not
a first draft; but it's a pretty early
Remember that, when you
work--especially when you start. You may look at what you've done
and say, "Ugh." Or you may look at what you've done and say
The funny thing is, you're probably right both
times--and wrong. You're looking at a first draft! A first draft can
be nothing! It's a speck of dust, a dewdrop, a pebble on the road.
You have to DO something with it. Poke it around,