The first draft. The inevitable – oftentimes confusing – step to one day completing your written work. For me, one of the scariest and most exciting moments in writing is that second before anything is written: The blank page. The endless possibilities. The knowledge that there is only one possibility – writing.
I’ve dreamed about being a writer since I was little. I’ve written stories from the moment I knew how to write. I dreamed of one day writing a novel, waiting for the right time to start. What I needed was National Novel Writing Month, and it completely changed the way I look at writing – especially those tricky first drafts. (I will detail my experiences in NaNoWriMo in another post. For those craving for more information, I recommend their website.)
Right now, I’m in the early stages of editing a novel, and wanted to share my thoughts on getting that first draft written. So, what have I learned so far?
1. The first draft is important.