Now, I do not profess to be a social media expert, and I am certainly not a Tweet-a-holic, but I was curious to read my first Tweet. What could I possibly have had to say to the world?
Well here it is:
It's fine. It's totally fine. It's not embarrassing, everything is spelled correctly, and it's fine.
It's just not that interesting.
Looking at this Tweet made me start thinking about how horrifying it is to read your first draft of anything--a research paper, a resume, a creative essay. We never say things perfectly the first time we try to say them. At least, I certainly don't. Sometimes as I write, I start thinking that I am a genius, a Pulitzer Prize-worthy author of The Greatest Words Ever Written.
And then I read it.
And it's crap.
But that's what first drafts are for. They're the place where you can spit out all of your ramblings until you find the main point. They're the place where you can make mistakes, the place where you can vomit as many "howevers" as you want, the place where you can find flashes of brilliance that you didn't even know you had.
You can discover a whole heck of a lot of things in your first draft.
So why don't you write it?
A lot of my clients tend to wait until they have a perfect, fully formed sentence in their heads before writing it on paper. And while that strategy works for some people, it doesn't work for the vast majority. Getting words down on paper--even if they're barely coherent--really helps you get on the right track. Writing things down helps your brain start to form concrete ideas and make connections. You can always go back later and cross things out (which you generally should). And you can even delete everything you've written and start again. As we learned in the post about clearing our throats, it's hard to get to the good stuff without first writing some unnecessary stuff. Or, to put it another way, you could never execute a perfect backflip without falling a few times.
So what are you waiting for? If you have to revamp your resume or write an essay or create a thesis for a research paper, start right now! Write a first draft. Even if you just throw it away later. Start soon and revise often.
Sometimes we just need someone sitting next to us to help get us on task. If that's you, don't hesitate to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or schedule a session.
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