Canada Writes·Writing Tip

Struggling with your first draft? Don't overthink it

Libby Gunn says the key to beating writer's block is to follow your heart not your brain.

To inspire and support your writing journey, we post a writing tip each week on CBC Books. This tip is from Libby Gunn.

"Just start writing where you can. Don't worry about how someone else does it or where it's going, whether it's the beginning, the ending or the middle. Just write what's in your heart to write about. The intellect and editing can come in later."

Libby Gunn grew up in Vancouver, B.C., but spent summers at a lake, where the freedom to explore and spend time with grandparents shaped her deeply. Her story Whitefish Harvest made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

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