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Weekly Quote #13

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” (Truman Capote)

This is an important reminder that your first draft can, and will, be crap. More importantly, it’s a reminder that it’s okay for your first draft to be crap. I know I did this when I first started writing – I paid too much attention to everything already rather than just getting the words out. I kept losing the thread because I kept fixing little mistakes here and there like spelling, and finally lost motivation because I felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere.

The true work does not start until the edit. Save all those spelling errors, grammar issues and potential plot holes for later. First, you need to know the story yourself and that’s what the first draft is there for. Get the words out, then start combing through them.


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  1. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m allowed to make mistakes in the first draft. If I don’t, I get bogged down on one chapter or even one paragraph, and I’d never finish the first draft. Great quote!

    • I’m the same. I try to ignore all spelling mistakes but it’s not easy when my program underlines every incorrectly spelled word in red! Usually ignoring them all works quite well, but there’s always a day where I go back over the previous paragraph and edit here and there. Not editing while writing the first draft is easily proving to be the toughest challenge in this!

      • It is my toughest challenge too. More so on book two, but I’ve finished one book, so I know I can do it… or so I keep telling myself 😉

        • Haha, well, it must be true! You’ve already done it once before! But I know what you mean, it’s really not easy.

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