One of my major flaws as a writer (and as a person) is my need to get everything perfect first time around.
You see how this could be a problem when it comes to writing? 😀 Considering the amount of drafts we have to do before we get something we’re pleased enough with to publish?
Writing a first draft can, at times, hurt me.
Staring at this horrible screen of text that isn’t perfect, that isn’t lovely, that sometimes doesn’t even make sense; it doesn’t do me any good!
But I have gotten better over this year since writing has become career. The first draft has to be written, no matter how I do it, it is the foundation of my book. If I don’t write, then I’m not doing my job! 😀
The way I like to look at a first draft is that it is the skeleton. It is the bones of my manuscript.
The second draft is the muscles.
The third is the skin.
And from then on extra drafts and changes are the clothing, jewelry, and make up that allow my manuscript to sparkle.
Still, it’s hard. Nowadays I write my first draft without looking back at it. I just write it and keep on going. I use simple, not very active words, such as ‘pushed’, ‘pulled’ ‘looked’, etc, I even have sections where I’ve written, ‘She’s angry- describe’. I just write whatever to get that first draft down, with notes to remind me when I go back to edit.
I can then go back and change those words, make it active. make it flow. I can change the details, add description where I have left it out, etc.
But it is a struggle! When I think my writing is terrible, it puts a damper on my mood (which my poor family and friends have to deal with, sorry to them!), and I go into a fit of, ‘I suck as a writer!’ 😀
But by the end, when all the layers are added, I come out of that mood having produced something I can be really proud of. A story that has been worth all the moods and hard work 🙂
What I’m trying to say is- Just write it. Don’t worry about language, or word use, or adverbs, or anything like that in a first draft. Just do whatever it takes to get that main bulk down.
It’s after the first draft that the real work begins 😉
Status of sixth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 2793 (Total word count: 23,503).
Books read: 2/4.
Mid-October Book Review: We won’t talk about the lack of that…