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WRITING | PERSONAL GROWTH

Starting Fresh: Why I Deleted Over 100 Drafts

Letting go of the alien ideas

Photo by Acedibwai on Unsplash

The first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months, the length of a season.
— Stephen King

The quote above, though it’s about novel writing, burrowed into me.
Chilling in view of my eyes only— I had 137 drafts.

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Bridie Dillon

Bridie Dillon

Mum to two 👩‍👧‍👧Prolific reader 📚 Desperately passionate writer ✍️ Endlessly curious while simultaneously being chronically depressed ❤️‍🩹🤔👻