10 Signs You Have Got Carried Away With Your First Draft #writers #firstdraft

  1. You find yourself lying down a lot, as the literary euphoria for this first draft is very powerful.
  2. You find yourself giving some serious thought to sending out your first draft to agents and publishers.
  3. You talk about it as though it’s a finished work of art.
  4. You choose not to send it out for feedback as you don’t want anyone to hurt it and you see getting feedback on this special piece of work a waste of time. It’s literary perfection. Sigh!
  5. You can’t stop thinking about it night and day. 
  6. Your editing consists of a quick scan of it for glaring typos – nothing else. To you it’s good to go! 
  7. You start thinking about your book launch marketing campaign.
  8. You know there won’t be any other revisions because you can’t see it ever changing.
  9. You spend a lot of time marvelling your creation and whispering ‘my precious’ to it in a weird voice. Sigh! 
  10. You tell others (in a Star Wars type fashion) that the best seller literary force  is particularly strong with this first draft. 

This post is dedicated to me as I am getting carried away with the first draft of my new story writers. 

I am not going to do anything silly and I know that at some point I will have to put it away. 

It’s just I have never experienced such intense creative feelings for a stinky first draft before – am lying down a lot! 

Why do some first drafts give you such a head rush? 

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

30 thoughts on “10 Signs You Have Got Carried Away With Your First Draft #writers #firstdraft

  1. I’m slightly jealous. I’m on a first draft at the moment and all I keep saying to myself is “this is pants” – insane as it probably has the clearest and most relevant plot. I suspect that it’s a good thing that I am feeling less confident with this one and won’t send it to my editor for months yet. It needs a) finishing, b) sit in a drawer for a month and then c) self editing. Even then I anticipate some developmental feedback which, as I’m still in the throes of baby brain, is I suspect no bad thing. For me though I never show my work in progress to friends or family, apart from those who are writers. It’s like expecting a good review from someone who doesn’t like your genre – it only results in rocking in a corner of a dark room 😃

    1. Great comment! I think I would rather be thinking ‘this is pants’ than sat stroking my draft like some weird creature. Think I need to stop eating so much cheese 🙂 thx for reading and stopping by!

  2. A first draft is a brilliant achievement. So many people say that they’re going to write a book … one day. And one thinks “yeah, yeah, yeah … never”, so now you can feel smug, as you’re light years ahead of them in achievement. Okay, the hard work has only just begun, but editing and revising can be fun, too, because it’s a challenge that leads to results.
    All the best for 2016. Am looking forward to reading this novel of yours eventually 🙂

      1. There are many well known authors out there whose first few novels never saw the light of day. I think the 3rd novel was the average breakthrough one for these authors, and for some of them it was the 5th. It‘s a real slog but an addictive one at that!

  3. Haha! This is awesome! However, I also think that this kind of behavior is more common in newer, less experienced writers. I think the more you write the more you look at your first draft and go: ‘what the fudge cakes?’ :p Or maybe that’s just me. Haha!

      1. I love the inexperienced camp, it’s like when you start a new job and you get away for ages playing the ‘yes it’s rubbish but hey I am new!’ card. This is where I am and I need to stop worrying about not being in the ‘experienced camp’

  4. Wow, I thought I had finished my first draft, but it turned out I had just jumped a heap of content necessary for the plot to get to the end. Or is that the first edit?

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