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Camp Care Package: Gather your building materials.

Your daily Camp Care Package is brought to you in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Author Patrice Caldwell brings us this week's Camp Care Packages:

Author Shannon Hale once said, "When writing a first draft, I have to remind myself constantly that I'm only shoveling sand into a box so later I can build castles."

Your first draft doesn't need to be perfect—it doesn't even need to have a solid shape yet. All you need is the raw material so you can build that castle when you revise.

How do you remind yourself that it's ok to write a messy first draft? Share your thoughts with Patrice, or thank her for today's #CampCarePackage!

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Today's Writing Challenge

Join a word sprint to keep shoveling sand into that box. Don't worry about whether the prompt makes sense for your story. Don't worry about whether your writing comes out "good" (or even readable). Just fill up your page with words. You can sift through them later.

Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a twentysomething introvert gone wild. By day, she’s a book editor, and by night, weekend, and early morning (if she’s had enough green tea) she’s a writer. You can learn more about Patrice, her writing, editorial wishlist, favorite books, and general musings at her website. You can also find her on Twitter, her secondary home.

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