Patience, Prayer, and Perseverance

No one said writing a first draft was easy. (If someone did, please tell me who they are so I can tell them I have tested this hypothesis and found it false. XD ) Especially when you’re a little short on time and energy. πŸ˜‰

Bad first draft

I’m really, really, really trying to convince myself of this right now with “Legend”. πŸ˜‰ As I’m nearing the end of the draft, I’m a little bit unhappy with how unperfect it is. πŸ˜€ I spent an afternoon scrawling in a notebook to get the plot more straightened out, but I can already tell that some chapters are gonna take a lot of revising. (Replacement even. πŸ˜‰ ) But if I didn’t write this cringe-worthy first draft, what would there be to revise?

Tell yourself the story

It’s true! πŸ˜‰ I just discovered 5/6’s of the way through the story that this whole time there were supposed to be stables for horses. Oh, okay. I’m moving on accordingly as if I knew this all along, and I’ll just put the stables in at the beginning when I write the second draft. I’m also discovering more about my main character and his motivations. Don’t get me wrong–I thought I knew what he was liked and even planned out his story, but he’s been surprising me some. πŸ˜›

Basically, it’s an exercise in patience, prayer, and perseverance. πŸ˜‰ I’m also bribing myself with the fact that I’ll be able to work on “Kiera” again when this draft is done. (Bribes are really quite effective. πŸ˜€ )

Here’s an excerpt! πŸ˜€

Legend January excerpt

What do you think? Are you a writer? Do you sometimes struggle with bravely continuing a draft when it isn’t perfect? πŸ˜‰

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14 thoughts on “Patience, Prayer, and Perseverance

  1. Hi! I’m a writer and I just started following your blog. lol yep, first draft writing is totally not easy. *sighs and glares at my 3 story drafts that I’m struggling with wanting to continue with ’cause they are annoyingly underdeveloped* The past few days that quote “It’s better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all” has kept on appearing wherever I go… I think it’s time I start working on those drafts again. XD

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    1. Hello, and welcome! It’s great to have you here. πŸ˜‰

      Oh, dear, I know exactly how you feel. πŸ˜€ I have some stories that are so underdeveloped they are literally just a cool character I need to do something with. πŸ˜‰

      Totally! You should definitely pick one up!!! One of my favorite techniques for developing a story further is freewriting–basically just writing down every “what if” that comes to mind on a scrap paper and seeing what sticks. I’ve worked myself out of a some story corners this way before. πŸ˜€ Be brave and have so much fun!!!

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  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes through this! One of my WIPs requires a major revisionβ€”as in character modifications, rewriting events, and scrapping a tonβ€”after I’ve already written 200 pages. I didn’t like the way it was going and decided to redo it… causing a major headache! πŸ˜… We’ll both get through these WIPs though! 😊

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  3. Accepting that my first draft won’t be perfect has been a big part of the learning process for my writing. I don’t know who said it, but one of my favorite quotes about this goes something like, “Writing your first draft is like scooping sand into a box to be shaped onto castles later.” While I find I have to edit as I go to a certain extent, this quote has helped me do it a little less obsessively and focus more on just GETTING THE STORY DOWN. My Rooglewood Press Snow White entry was the first long story I’d ever completed, and reminding myself the whole way that I could edit when I was done, really helped me get finished in time to get multiple beta readers, whom I desperately needs to help me get my story cleaned up and under the maximum word count!

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    1. Oh, I love that quote too! It’s especially fun when I’m writing a medieval story so my book literally has castles. πŸ˜‰ That is so great! What an encouraging story! ❀ (Seriously, high five for doing Rooglewood! That is too cool.) And you are very wise to get beta-readers–I used to be TERRIFIED of asking someone else to help me with my work, but they've been an amazing help and I'm looking forward to working with them again. πŸ˜€

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  4. Yep, first drafts can be a mess. But since I usually edit as I go, I’ll go back and fix that thing that is bugging me before I move on. Though there have been times when I’ve written things, only to have to go back cut them out, change the order of my story, and really edit! It can be a bit mind boggling trying to get everything in the right place, but the end is worth it. πŸ˜€
    And any story, first draft, final draft, edited story, takes all three of those P’s.

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  5. Oh MY goodness. Yes! Getting through those ugly chapters is so hard, but I know I can’t stop.
    I can’t believe that I’m not the only one! I though I was the odd author who had to learn her character and their story before it could accuratly be completed. XD. Yay! I guess I’m not the only one.
    Bribes are pretty good, to keep you going. I’m going to do the best ever this July…. *looks hopeful*

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    1. Yep, no stopping! Be brave. πŸ˜€ (I actually get to revisit these very same ugly chapters next month for Camp NaNo because it’s time to rewrite!)

      Nope! I learn as I go! You’re definitely not the only one. πŸ˜‰

      You’ll do great, I’m sure! What’s your goal?

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      1. My goal for this month is 15,000 words, I want to finish my novel Dewdrops and Butterflies. But it’s labeled at 80,000 because I already have 65,000 written.
        You guys were so inspiring yesterday. I’m so excited to jump in and finish this thing and get it published.

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