Other Cool Blogs: Magical Words December 12, 2013

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First Draft Blues

Your first draft sucks. Hate doesn’t come close to describing the emotional relationship you have with it now that you’ve typed “The End”. There is no way you will force anyone you know to beta read it, no publisher will buy it, and you are not going to inflict it on the world through a self-publish.


No, really.

First – good. You finished your first draft. It is done and in the the computer for you to take a month doing something else, playing with a new shiny idea before returning to the completed manuscript.

John Hartness covered the topic in “It’s okay to hate your book. Sometimes.” for Magical Words. (The comments are quite amusing on this blog.)

Second – good. You know it needs work. That is why writers do additional drafts, why editors have jobs.

Speaking of which, want to look at that NaNoWritMo Novel you set aside back in December 2017?. It might be better after a bit of spit and polish, don’t you think? 

Just a little editing. Oh, that section could use some duct tape. But go on. The manuscript isn’t too bad – or it might be, but, as Mr. Hartness indicates, that can change.

Read the whole article here: http://www.magicalwords.net/john-hartness-2/its-okay-to-hate-your-book-sometimes/