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.
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.