Writing the first draft
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Writing the first draft

Writing the first draft

Writing the first draft: it’s called the first draft for many reasons, writing the first draft is jointing down your ideas on paper.

 

Whatever you do, don’t look at what you wrote. I repeat; don’t look at what you wrote. Why? Because that comes later when revising, yes prepare to be mortified.

 

Don’t correct the grammatical errors or spelling that also goes into the revising phrase.

 

Writing the first draftSome writers like to edit the first draft hoping it will be beautifully written. In that turtle mood, you’ll never finish the thing. Your focus is to slap “The End” at the bottom of the page and don’t go crazy on editing. Don’t show it to anybody, not to your loved ones, not even to your dog or cat, not until you adjust it yourself and for God’s sake don’t send it over to an editor. Just don’t. 

 

“The first drafts don’t have to be perfect they have to be written.” 

 

I have been sick with the flu these past few days and had this idea for a story, I am between edits at the moment but I took a break so, I managed to jolt down 24K in a week that is a lot of words. 

I noticed that I need to remove the first chapter and add it in the later chapters, re-write chapter 2, which is going to be chapter 1. I might have to re-write the whole thing but hey this writing no-one said it’s going to be easy. Stop complaining. Re-writes are what makes good writing, so re-write and rewrite and yes, do cry.  It’s okay. You can do it. You are going to be fine. The re-writes are toughest in the whole progress. Actually, writing the first draft is the fun part.

 

Bottom line, butt in the chair, and write. Don’t worry about verbs and repeated words it will be fixed later.

Happy writing.

 

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