Bradley | Sep 13, 2019 | 0
J is for Judgment
No passing judgment allowed on first drafts.
I’m a big fan of just getting started, just putting down the first words, taking those first steps up the mountain. It’s the beginning of something, probably not the end, possibly not the middle, but it’s just a few steps in a certain direction. You might not even know where you’re going. But you have to get started.
If someone is looking over your shoulder on your first draft, it’s more like a second draft.
You might not get to a second draft if you’re self-conscious about your first. Or your first draft might not really be a first draft if someone is watching over you (or at least you have the impression that’s happening) as you’ll go over it in your head, make sure it’s good enough. But you lose something, you lose that purity of the original thought. Rough, raw, and possibly radioactive, but it’s that first thought that’s often a good one. It might not exist if you were hindered in some way about letting it out, setting it free, giving it life.
So no judgment allowed on something you start. You don’t have to finish it, you don’t even have to get to the middle. But you have to start.