There is a saying among writers when it comes to first drafts: they are all crap. No matter how gifted the writer, all first drafts are crap.
Don’t debate me, just listen.
However, I love what Nora Roberts says about blank pages and drafts:
“You can’t edit an empty page.”
This is from the same Nora Roberts who has written 200 books. Two. Hundred. That’s a level of prolific that is unmatched. But it’s true–no one can read the stories in your head, dear one.
The advice I can give for writing first drafts is the same as was told to me: write. No matter how it looks or sounds, get it out of you. Write it down. The way you become a better writer, to develop the muscles they make writers prolific only come by writing!
Write! Write! Write!
The thing that helps me to try and be prolific is to give myself a deadline. That helps to focus research, and allows time to gather thoughts (or confidence) to write. The major hitch to keeping you from writing is more often than not is confidence or time.
Writers are and can be master procrastinators especially when we don’t think we can or should try to write. Fight the urge to ignore the need to write.
The benefit of doing the hard work is the sweeter part of adding to your draft, watching the story expand and change. Don’t allow the fear of how something will sound or look to stop the joy from coming.
Get to work.
Jennifer P. Harris
Founder, SG Writing Services