First Draft Shenanigans

7 Jul

Commas, exclamation marks, full stops, synonyms, homonyms…our lives are dipped in all of these things, because we are writers. And things get tough sometimes. Not only do you have to pay attention to the big plot thingies that are important—and yes, that is the technical term—you also have to pay attention to the micro details. You can rewrite a sentence five times and still not be satisfied. It all depends on what you’re satisfied with. There are so many directions you can go in.

And that is also the problem with a story on a bigger scale. When you wing it, as I do, you go with the flow and I find that works best for me. But when you stop and think about it, there are so many ways you can go. Especially when you’re revising. You think, what else could I add (or take away) or should I write this instead? And it is ALL possible. That is what makes writing a very insecure profession, that and because all writing is personal. You can give two people the same story and characters and it won’t be the same at all.

Somewhere along the way you have to learn to have a little faith in yourself and keep an open mind at the same time. Listen to your (beta) readers, but also your inner reader. You write the kind of story you want to read, after all. So be a strict reader and think what you’d like to see differently, if anything at all when the time comes. But the most important thing to remember during the first draft, is to JUST WRITE! The first draft is your blueprint and it’s easier to see what you could/should change once you have that. So don’t worry about it for now and keep filling those awaiting pages. Fill them with inky words that are part of your soul and only switch on your brain during revision time. But revision time is for another blog post. Until then… keep your imaginary friends close, and your Writing Spirit closer. 


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