My Experience Writing a First Draft

Hi all,

Today I wanted to talk about my experience in writing a first draft and how not to get discouraged when getting through it. For me personally the rough copy is always my favorite draft, it allows me to pour out all of my ideas for a novel without worrying about it being polished and released for anyone to read.

As I was writing the first draft for “Yesterdays Galaxy” I encountered plenty of issues concerning doubt – something us writers get a lot of the time. Will this really be any good? Who will want to read this? Those similar questions ran through my mind all the way throughout completion of the first draft. It’s only natural, right?

I find that constant reminding is necessary to help me not give up on the novel just because the first draft isn’t that good. I’m a perfectionist unfortunately, I’ll go over and over a scene until I’m satisfied with it and forget that the editing can come later. That’s where the positive reinforcement comes in.

Even if it’s just a poster from some website or a quote from an author telling whoever pays attention that first drafts are ALWAYS very bad, it’s useful for me to just get a small reminder that the first draft/rough copy is always rubbish so there’s really no need to edit. From there on I’ve felt more confident in what I write, often I do hesitate over a scene or a line of dialogue but if there’s anything that I’m pondering changing, whether it’s a flow of dialogue or a scene, I tend to write out an alternative of that exchange of dialogue or scene on a separate document.
If I like the alternate better than I’ll go for it but if undecided I can always leave the alternate and come back to it later.

Anywho, I hope you found some of the things I do when dealing with the first draft helpful. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to read my blog post and have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Review: All the Feels by Danika Stone

I have needed this book in my life – and now that it’s here finally before my eyes I can let out all my enthusiasm for this beautiful book!

The characters are well written and multi-dimensional, there’s always something going on with them and Xander and Liz’s conversations are witty and full of heart and their chemistry is BRILLIANT!

You can imagine two people in real life talk like they do, there’s a lot more to both of them then what you first see and over the course of the book, you unravel more about these two and see just how vulnerable and strong they really can be. Xander dressing in cosplay during his free time is a stroke of genius! Danika threw me into Dragon-con which was colourful with a diverse amount of cosplayers of all television shows and movies whilst also giving me (someone who has only been once to a comic con convention) a real insight into what a comic convention is like since mine was quite a while ago.

I’m not the best at reviews as you can probably tell but I just want to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise is charming as are the majority of characters (other than Alex and Gary) are delightful to read. They’re dearests! 😉

SPOILER

Whilst it was obvious to me that Liz and Xander get together ( and make an adorable couple) I really enjoyed seeing them in scenes together, Danika did a great job of setting up their friendship and what it blossomed into.

Overall I really, REALLY enjoyed this book.
Pick the book up, you won’t regret it.