Quotable Words: Donald Murray on Writing

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Commonplace Book from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The writing teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on just getting on with it…

“The longer I write, the more important I believe it is to write the first draft as fast as possible. In drafting, I push myself so I am at the edge of discomfort. . . Later, it will be time for consideration and reconsideration, slow, careful revision and editing. But on the first draft I have to achieve velocity, just as you do if you want the bike to balance.”

-–Donald M. Murray

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