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02.12.2015 14:37    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: john dufresne  lie that tells a truth  fiction writing  

Your first draft is an exploration. You invent characters and you wonder what they'll do. You watch them, and they surprise you, delight you, maybe they shock you. You gather information, do research, generate scenes. You write it all down with a temporary disregard for logic, transitions, and grammatical conventions. In the process, you learn that the story you set out to write is not so interesting as the one that has emerged on the page. The purpose of exploration is discover, and what you discover in writing that first draft are character, structure, plot, theme, tone, setting. In short, you begin to discover what it is you have to say about what it is you're writing about.


~John Dufresne in The Lie That Tells A Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

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