“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” (Truman Capote)

This is an important reminder that your first draft can, and will, be crap. More importantly, it’s a reminder that it’s okay for your first draft to be crap. I know I did this when I first started writing – I paid too much attention to everything already rather than just getting the words out. I kept losing the thread because I kept fixing little mistakes here and there like spelling, and finally lost motivation because I felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere.

The true work does not start until the edit. Save all those spelling errors, grammar issues and potential plot holes for later. First, you need to know the story yourself and that’s what the first draft is there for. Get the words out, then start combing through them.


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