But: Your first draft can absolutely be ugly. That is really not a problem. Not at all!
Well, to be honest…
I’m the one who needed to hear that 😝
I’m currently coming out of a finished project for somebody else, and going into a new story, and I’ve noticed that I’m moving slower than my normal pace. I’m not satisfied with what I’m writing down. I want that thing to come out into the world looking fantastic, beautiful, and polished.
Because the last work I did was beautiful and polished… but I need to remember that that was in the end. In the third and fourth drafts.
It seems like I’ve gone into a new project needing the reminder that:
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
~ Terry Pratchett
You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.
~ Jodi Picoult
The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color.
~ Emma Hill
Fiction, like sculpture or painting, begins with a rough sketch. One gets down the characters and their behavior any way one can, knowing the sentences will have to be revised, knowing the characters’ actions may change.
~ John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist
Did you need this reminder? I know I sure did.
What are your thoughts and techniques
for writing a first draft?
Share in the comments! 🙂
Take care & Write on,
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