Once you have written a few first drafts you realise there are some things you don’t need to waste valuable time and energy worrying about. The first stage is simply an outpouring of words onto a page. Nothing else.
Here is a list of 28 things you don’t need to worry about whilst writing your first draft.
- First line / first paragraph.
- The impact your first draft will have on your writing career.
- What other people will think of it.
- Your first draft’s imperfections.
- Character names.
- A literary agent’s thoughts on your first 10k words.
- Your choice of font.
- Will there will be any free beta readers available once you finish it?
- What will your parents think of your romantic scene in the first chapter?
- The book cover design.
- Whether you are labelling the start of chapters with ‘chapter x ‘ or ‘part x.’
- Character backgrounds.
- The people who you will be dedicating your novel to once it’s finished.
- Your writing career to date.
- How does your first draft compare to the book at number one in the book charts?
- Number of big words used.
- The Hollywood actor / actress who will play the leading role when your book is turned into a film.
- Your feelings towards your story in later drafts.
- How will it compare to the other stories you have written?
- Names of potential literary agents who you think would love a copy of your final book.
- Was Ernest Hemingway right about first drafts because yours sounds amazing!
As John Dufresne said:
‘The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right but to get it written.’
Have a great day!