First Drafts Should Be Fun

If you’re not having fun, then you’re doing it wrong.

I cherish my time working on a first draft because honestly, anything goes. Do you want to add a dragon in the third chapter only to have him never appear again? You can do that! Do you want to switch the tense of the story half way through? You can do that too! You want to completely change the direction of your story and throw caution to the wind? Guess what? YOU CAN DO THAT!

Becuase first drafts are a huge mess that should never be taken seriously. They are the rough outline of the story. Everything is new and nothing is set in stone. You can let your imagination run wild with a first draft without having to worry about whether this scene makes sense or if this character is changing as fast as they should be. You don’t have to use the right words or the right anything because all of that can be adjusted in the second or tenth draft.

So, in all seriousness, if you’re struggling with the first draft or every word you put down feels like someone is pulling at your teeth or if you would rather be doing something else, I think you need to re-evaluate the situation because something is not right.

First drafts should be fun because you are letting your imagination run wild with no restrictions. Don’t stop. Don’t look back. Just keep writing. Comment down below your experience/opinion with/of first drafts!

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