Friday, October 01, 2021

Writing: Tne First Draft

There's a magnet on my refrigerator that tells me first drafts don't have to be good--they just have to be written. That's true. I thought, since the pandemic was in full swing last year, and given my age, my days of writing were behind me. But my dear, sweet wife subtly encouraged me to try just one more time. I don't know if it was to give me something to do or what her reason was. Whatever it was, I eventually turned out the first draft of a novel. She made some suggestions, then another person read it and made even more. The end result, after numerous drafts and more recently a complete rewriting, turned out pretty good.

But it all started with a first draft. Once the words are down, it somehow seems easier to revise them, change them, even rewrite them. It may take a lot of drafts to do it--but it starts with that first draft.

What do you think?


6 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Yep, you can't edit if you don't have a draft done to edit!

Richard Mabry said...

True--the first draft is the most important step to writing a novel. One step at a time.

Patricia Bradley said...

All during the first draft my mantra is you can't edit what you haven't written. Will be starting my first draft next month...may give NANO a shot. That would really kickstart me. lol

Richard Mabry said...

I tried NANO once, and it really didn't work out for me. Hope you have better luck with it. But you're right--you can't edit what you haven't written. Go get 'em.

Nancy said...

So glad your wife gave you that push. I'm really looking forward to reading your next book.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Nancy