Another Wednesday, another lesson that I almost didn’t get to do because today has just been…weird. Anyway, this week, we’re looking at not ripping apart your first draft before finishing it.
I touched on this way back on lesson 16… I thought we may need a little refresher.
The first draft is bad. It’s going to be beyond bad. That’s okay. Just vomit up the story (lovely image, I know), and clean it up when you’re done.
I know that’s kind of a disgusting image, but it does make sense, doesn’t it? You don’t try to clean up your vomit before you’re done, do you? That seems counterproductive.
It’s the same with the first draft of your book. You never know exactly where the plot is going to take you. I thought my first book would only have one murder, and it was going to be on Monday, hence the original name of the book, Monday Murder. It’s now called Days of the Kill. Why? Because instead of just one murder, there were seven, one on each day of the week.
So, had I tried to rip apart the first draft before I decided on all seven days of the week, I would have done a lot more harm than good to my book, and I certainly didn’t want that.
You don’t either. Don’t even try to lie to me. I know how you fellow writers are.
So, even if you want to rip apart your first draft before it’s finished, don’t. You don’t need to do that. That’s what multiple drafts are for.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try to get this sick feeling out of my stomach that was caused by talking about vomit.
I don’t have work on Friday, so I should be getting a prompt in!