Your first draft is shit

Brawler, author, and noted pisspot Ernest Hemingway didn’t need to say much about how to write.

Although he’s one of the 20th century’s more prolific writers, he didn’t need to write a curriculum or self-published book to teach people what he knew. He didn’t even need to write a blog post. All he said was this:

“The first draft of anything is shit”

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Why Bill Bryson’s European travel memoir from the ‘90s would never get a publishing deal today

51Lz-n4t6CL__SL500_AA300_I first read Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There: Travels Around Europe when it was first released in 1991. At that age I had a teenager’s omnivorous attitude to books, in that if was made of paper, promised to hold my attention for more than half an hour and take my mind off my HIDEOUS life and UTTERLY EMBARRASSING parents then I would pick it up. I recall that some parts of Bryson’s book I found so funny that I snorted hot Milo out of my nose, all over my Fido Dido nightie. Continue reading