Before getting published, you need to write. It all starts with a draft. After that, the sky’s the limit. Here are 3 tips to help write your first draft.
Write Something. Anything. Please, I’m Begging You!
I know the blank screen feeling first-hand. You stare at it. Your fingers hover above the keyboard. You desperately want to write something. You have ideas, but writing them down steals the magic.
In your head, the ideas are perfect. On a screen, they’re just words. It’s demoralizing, I know.
You fight that feeling. It’s an ongoing battle. You need to listen to these tips. Get yourself a schedule, and write. I don’t believe in a daily word count.
I do, however, believe in a schedule. You can write one word, or a hundred. That’s not what matters on your first draft.
The most important thing is your story. Sit in front of your laptop every day. Think about your first draft. Write something. Some days it will flow, others it won’t. But don’t stare at a blank screen.
We only see the final product of published works. We don’t see the pain or determination. Every writer fights the same feeling. They push on and on.
They follow these tips until the jobs complete. You need to do the same.
If You Write Yourself Into A Corner, Write Yourself Back Out
In the beginning, it can be smooth sailing. A plot begins to take form. You might even have an interesting character, or two.
Then you write yourself into a brick wall. Bang. You rev and rev, but the car isn’t moving. The writing has stopped.
A corner isn’t a death sentence. You need to understand this tip. You will hit a lot of them.
The first draft is filled with brick walls. Back your story up. Stop where things veered off. What did your character do? What happened that doesn’t work? Write your way down another path.
Take that part out. Do not delete your whole first draft. I repeat, DO NOT DELETE THE WHOLE DRAFT. Don’t fall into that trap.
Don’t listen to that voice. “Start over, start over”. That voice is wrong.
Don’t Perfect Your Draft, Finish It
This is a first draft. It’s not going to be published. Call this part “an outlet for your scattered ideas“. Write and fill the pages of your first draft.
Don’t waste time on grammar. If you need to correct, write it down. Keep writing and keep references. You can always go back. The key focus is to get your first draft finished. Then you can sit on it for a while.
Let your ideas run wild. Keep writing and keep pushing. You will not like your first draft.
When you reread it, it might sicken you. It should. It’s just the skeleton of the novel you want. With edits, you’ll add the meat.
Just write. Write and don’t stop. Your first draft will get finished. After it is, take some time away from it. Write a short story, or a poem.
Read a book. Take your mind away from the story. You get too close to it. This prevents you from reading it like a reader.
Go back after a couple of months. Take another look at it and begin editing. This is the best tip for writers.
What are you doing still reading this? Get writing.