28 Things You Don’t Need To Worry About When You Write A First Draft #MondayBlogs #Writers

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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.

  1. Title.
  2. First line / first paragraph.
  3. The impact your first draft will have on your writing career.
  4. What other people will think of it.
  5. Your first draft’s imperfections.
  6. Character names.
  7. A literary agent’s thoughts on your first 10k words.
  8. Structure.
  9. Your choice of font.
  10. Will there will be any free beta readers available once you finish it?
  11. What will your parents think of your romantic scene in the first chapter?
  12. The book cover design.
  13. Whether you are labelling the start of chapters with ‘chapter x ‘ or ‘part x.’
  14. Character backgrounds.
  15. The people who you will be dedicating your novel to once it’s finished.
  16. Your writing career to date.
  17. How does your first draft compare to the book at number one in the book charts?
  18. Number of big words used.
  19. The Hollywood actor / actress who will play the leading role when your book is turned into a film.
  20. Acknowledgements.
  21. Spelling.
  22. Grammar.
  23. POV.
  24. Characters.
  25. Your feelings towards your story in later drafts.
  26. How will it compare to the other stories you have written?
  27. Names of potential literary agents who you think would love a copy of your final book.
  28. 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!

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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 ❤️

27 thoughts on “28 Things You Don’t Need To Worry About When You Write A First Draft #MondayBlogs #Writers

  1. LOL Love number 19 as well as the last point! Could you write on 28 things you SHOULD worry about (and still make it funny!!)? I’m stuck right now at chapter 5 where I need to figure out a crucial element in the plot and it’s wrecking my head.

      1. Oh, you’re welcome. I love the characters and story so much, but at the same time I procrastinate far too often.

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