My first drafts are complete crap, and that’s okay. It’s why there’s second and third drafts, to clean up the mess and tidy up the place. Whenever starting a new story, I always think it’s going to be great but the first draft is terrible. Rarely, will I write from beginning to end, in one swift motion. I’ll write scenes that need to be in the story but they end up all over and not in sync. The ideas are there but the flow isn’t. This is what my first drafts are.
Every writer is different and has their own way of doing things. I’m a Gemini and usually have a million ideas going on at once. What works for me is just getting the main idea down, even if it’s just some dialogue, I’ll toss it in there. It can always be rearranged later when I edit.
I’m sure no one writes a perfect first draft and I never will. I’ve learned writing faster digs deeper into meaning of the story. From doing this, I’ll think of new scenes that I originally didn’t think of. It even helps bring out some personality traits of your characters, they can end up writing the story for you.
Thought I’d talk about this since I’ve finished a few drafts. They’re awful and sometimes makes me cringe but it’s salvageable. I need to get back into editing even though it’s not the fun part.
How long does your first draft take? Any tips you’d like to share feel free to post.