Don’t give up!
The first draft is just a way of capturing your first ideas – after all, we all have to start somewhere. You shouldn’t expect it to be perfectly crafted prose, ready to receive countless literary awards at the blink of an eye. It is just a beginning – a set of ideas that can be developed and enhanced.
My take home messages about this are:
- Don’t expect too much of your first draft. If you over analyse and criticize it now, it is likely you will get analysis paralysis and it will never flourish
- Let your ideas flow! Give yourself permission to write rubbish (or at least what you assume might be rubbish). Just write now and analyse it later. Chances are, some real gems will emerge during the flow. But that is a decision for later. Don’t let the ‘rational’ part of your mind hijack the creative side. Einstein puts this really well:
- If the first draft really has gone nowhere or is in a rut, then don’t delete it. Just leave it for a while, let the ideas stew. And maybe later you will feel inspired to regroup and rebuild. If not – let’s hope you have other great ideas to follow up.
I enjoyed this post by Jess Forte How to Not Panic About Your First Draft. – in fact that was what inspired me to write this post.
Think about what YOU want to achieve. Is a perfect first draft realistic? Or will you allow yourself to just get something written? If the former – good luck (you will probably need it). If the latter, you will get there I am sure. Just keep writing. And do your best to avoid the dreaded analysis paralysis.