Today, I just wanted to share with you a hilarious video by John Green, one of the vlog brothers / nerd fighters.
The two things he said that I really love are these:
1) NaNoWriMo forces you to be disciplined, and it gives you permission to suck, which are two of the things you most need if you're going to be a novelist.
2) Writing a first draft is like digging the clay out of the ground, and revision is when you actually use the clay to build something that you like.
The reason I love that metaphor so much is because usually those metaphors go more like this: Writing a first draft is like shaping the clay into the rough shape of the sculpture, and revision is putting the detail, etc. in. But in John Green's version, the first draft is just digging the clay out of the ground. It doesn't even have to look like anything yet. It's just raw material. The actual building and shaping comes in revision.
I like that. It helps to give me permission to suck. Which is one of the things I most need this month!
What do you think about the first draft metaphor? Do you agree with the digging-the-clay-out-of-the-ground version? Or do you see the first draft as more of a rough shaping of the sculpture?