Hey all! So this is a post that I’ve been working on for several months. I kept coming to it, starting it, and then promptly ignoring it for weeks at a time. I think I originally started writing it during a super cold snap in Wisconsin. Now it is June.
OH! I am looking for beta-readers for future novel projects. I already have 2-3 of them, plus my editor, but I figure one or two more sets of eyes would be perfect. Send me a message here or an email if you’re interested.
So today I figured I’d talk about the whole stigma on first drafts. You know. The popular belief that all first drafts are terrible. That they don’t deserve to see the eyes of others. That whole thing.
Here I am sitting with the unpopular belief that not all first drafts suck.
But first drafts are messy!
Yeah. First drafts can be a real mess. They sometimes have plot holes. Or unresolved plot lines. Or characters lack characterization. Sometimes not enough happens in the story, sometimes too much happens.
So yes, there are problems with first drafts.
I’ll admit that. That there are problems with first drafts.
But I don’t think they inherently suck. After all, you did something awesome. You managed to write a novel, start to finish. It might be rough around the edges and have fifteen unresolved plots – but you finished it.
And really, someone other than you needs to look at the first draft. Namely your beta readers and editor.
Why they aren’t all that awful
Like I said, you did something really cool. You made a world and characters and filled that with words and scenes. Oftentimes, I’ve found that the first draft is sometimes a bit more…passionate. Energetic. It has all that excited energy of creating something new. I like them for that. Sometimes it hurts a bit to see how bad the writing was in some areas, but looking back often brings back that initial feeling.
How awesome it was to write that.
And sometimes…there are amazing bits of writing that come from first drafts. You know. That one scene that just works. That when you wrote it you knew exactly how it was going to work and for once, it worked just liked that. Fingers to keyboard to document it just worked.
First drafts are full of inspiration.
First drafts are that first step onto a journey of editing and maybe someday publication.
I love first drafts. I’d never publish one, but I love them.
Really. They aren’t that awful. They’re just unpolished.
With a bit of love and time, they turn into something amazing.
How does everyone else feel about first drafts?