Writing a First Draft

Another thing I’ve come to realise lately is that I need to change my way of thinking about writing the first draft of a work. At least, as far as of the House Valerius pieces (books and short stories) are concerned.

Recently, while I’m struggling with my self-imposed monthly goal of 20,000 words; it feels like I’m spending too much time trying to get what words I am putting down just right than I am in just getting as much down as I can. Which of course means that I’m way off track for reaching that goal. So, in an effort to combat this, I decided I would look up what some professional authors had to say on the subject of first drafts.

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This one may not have much to do with the actual process of writing the draft I’ve included it here because I do think it’s true for me. I’ve said before that, at most, I’ve worked from a fairly loose outline. As a result, it’s allowed me to discover characters and events as I get carried along.
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While destroy it may be a bit harsh, it does feel like I’m getting bogged down, and losing any sense of immediacy to the work. It also tends to leave it feeling a bit disjointed, thanks to the constant stop-start, stop-start; rather than having a consistent flow to it.

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Well, I never have any difficulty believing this is true of mine. Which is probably why I spend too much time trying to polish what I have instead of continuing to move forward. I need to accept Papa’s advice here, accept that I’m never going to be happy with the first version. But that’s okay.

Which leads me to…
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As before, I need to accept that I’m not going to be satisfied with the initial version. But rather than pausing and trying to fix it there and then, I should push forward until I have a full manuscript. Then, and only then, go back and tidy it up.

Some things for me to take to heart, and some to put into practice.

 

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