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Write Your First Draft By Hand

March 10, 20232 min read

I'm putting the finishing touches on Issue No. 4 of The Scott Scheper Letter.

It's shaping up to be one of the best issues I've written (Disclaimer: I say this every month).

But seriously: This issue is a can't miss if you're someone who is passionate about the craft of writing.

In the upcoming issue, I go deep into my writing process.

I introduce six phases I go through to write each piece of long-form copy I create.

The beginning of the issue opens with an embarrassing story from a year ago.

At that time, I did not have the writing process I do now.

Because of this, writing was an excruciatingly frustrating experience (you'll see what I mean in the upcoming issue).

My writing process today is completely different. Instead of being frustrating, writing is now simple and fun. I literally look forward to it!

One of the six phases in my writing process revolves around writing the first draft by hand.

This prevents you from doing something that far too many people do, which is…

Editing While Writing Your First Draft

In brief, don't do this.

"All first drafts are shit," said Ernest Hemingway.

And that's the point.

This is echoed by direct response copywriters like Dan Kennedy and Ben Settle.

Write Fast, Edit Slow

By using a digital word editor to write the first draft, it's all too easy to edit while writing your first draft.

For this reason, I advise writing your first draft by hand.

However, I do not recommend you write the first draft on notecards.

Nor do I recommend you write the first draft on a Moleskine notebook or loose-leaf paper.

There is a specific medium I strongly advise you to use when writing your first draft by hand.

To find out what that is, you'll need to pick up Issue No. 4 of The Scott Scheper Letter——sorry (not sorry).

If you're not already a subscriber, pick up your free thirty-day trial here: []

It'll be shipped out in physical form to your mailbox every month.

All I ask is you cover the shipping and materials cost.

The deadline is this Friday, March 31st, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

I can't wait to get this issue into your hands.

It'll be twenty pages of pure "writing craft glory."

Warm regards,

And stay crispy, my friend.


Scott P. Scheper

"A Man Who Shall Give You The Write To Freedom"

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