Burning Down the House

I've been re-reading Ray Bradbury's wonderful Zen in the Art of Writing in preparation for National Novel Writing Month. What took me 2,000 words to say, Bradbury sums up thusly:

"The history of each story, then, should read almost like a weather report: Hot today, cool tomorrow. This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour cold critical water upon the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today--explode--fly apart--disintegrate! The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft, in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, reading your story, will catch fire, too?"

And yeah, I said thusly. Wanna make something of it?

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