[Note: The title of this post has been inspired from one writing book, No Plot? No Problem! I haven’t read it though.]
Let’s say you’re writing a first draft of a novel. The dreaded first draft. And of course you are writing it very slowly — unless you are an exceptional writer. Then you read it again… and scream “There’s no method in it! No organizing at all! What have I been doing? This isn’t worthy of my time.” And then you close the book snap shut and don’t work on it anymore. Sad.
Many great ‘novel’ ideas have never made it into paper because of this.
As the old saying goes:
First get it written, then get it right.
In other words, you can write if you have no method! I can’t emphasize this enough: finish it first! It’s a bad idea to imagine anyone reading your first draft, because then you are worried of how it is and you’ll most likely make a ton of changes and waste of time. Worse, even after that your novel won’t be up to par!
So I’ll advise you to stop your editing right now — and get to the hard part first. Writing it whole, that First Draft. Remember, the fun part always comes, sooner or later. And of course if you are a real writer, then you’ll find writing as much as rewarding as rewriting.
Remember: there are two main stages of writing: writing it and rewriting it. Both are great to the real writer as everyone will tell you.
Hope you enjoyed my take on this very, very popular topic: bringing something unique in it is difficult!
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