Shoveling Sand

First drafts, guys. There’s nothing harder than taking a blank white page and forcing a story onto it cold.

When I first started writing, I thought creating something novel-length was such a task in and of itself that I would get it right the first time. After that, all I’d need would be to polish it up shiny and it would be good to go.

Oh, yeah. I was much expert at noveling.

Now that I have a little more experience, I’ve realized that whomever created this lovely little infographic has it EXACTLY RIGHT.

Except maybe there should be MORE editing on the bottom chart.

So I don’t stress about first drafts anymore. To once again quote something I quote all the time:

“Writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” – Shannon Hale

Don’t be sad if your first draft is a pile of sand, guys. There’s plenty of time for castles.

Also, you can find a lot of concentrated brilliance about writing on my writing Pinterest board. Lots of wisdom shared by people smarter than me.

About Caitlyn McFarland

Mom of three girls, writer of fantasy novels.
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