I finished my first draft! 82,259 words, 38 chapters, 222 pages. Lemme hear another woohoo!!! I still have a ways to go; adding more detail and editing out the bad writing. But I am on the way to completing it. Every step deserves a party.
Through my experience, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you finish your first draft.
1. Have a plan
Create character sketches and a plot outline. It will help you stay on track and avoid tangents that result in unfinished manuscripts.
2. Have a routine
Set a time each day, or set days of the week to write. Times that work for you between school or work which will help you get words down on the page.
3. Perfection does not exist
Just write the words. Write what you feel when you are writing the scene. You are going to have many drafts to get through. Worry about the spelling and grammar later.
4. Get to the point
Write the main plot first. Don’t get bogged down in creating layers to your story. That will come later. Get to the point and tell the important parts.
5. Listen to your body
Do not force yourself to write. If your eyes are going to fall out of your head, if you need to lie down, do it. Don’t guilt yourself into writing. Take breaks to recharge. Without a healthy you, there is no book.
6. Just keep going
The middle feels endless. It tries to make every writer give up. Don’t let it win! Push through. You will be so happy you did. The end is so easy compared.
7. Love your story and your characters
If your writing this book, you already have love for it. Let your passion burn. It is the greatest tool to get you through the draft. There is a reason why you a writing this book. Keep reminding yourself.
How’s your writing going? I’d love to hear about your progress. Comment below or Tweet Me @queenemilicious.