Passion vs. Polish

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by Tim Burdick on 30 September, 2018

I wrote out a draft of a new picture book. I was was quite happy because I don't nail an idea in the initial draft. I waited a day or two and then I re-read it. Instantly, the story's flaws jumped off the page at me. So, I re-wrote a new version which addressed all these issues. In the end, I felt I had written a better story.

This improved draft represented a step in the right direction. So, I shared it with my writer's group and asked them for their feedback and preference between the two pieces.

It surprised me because everyone preferred the first draft and not the re-write. Finally I shared it with my editor to get the final vote and she too preferred the inspired draft.

Always remember never lose the passion in the rewrite.

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