Like many writers, I am my own harshest critic. Because of this, my novel’s first draft has been a slow, arduous process and I’m only roughly one-third of the way through.
Since my last writing post, I have pushed my word count over 34,000, but I still get stuck analyzing every word, revisiting, revising, and not just letting the words flow. I am reading several books on writing at the moment and they all share the same message that with first drafts, you should just keep writing and not interrupt the creative process by self-editing and laboring over every single word. Unfortunately, it goes against my inner-critic nature to approach writing this way.
My first draft difficulty is compounded by the fact that I cannot keep a regular writing schedule due to constant daily commitments. As such, I often have to revisit text with each new sitting, instead of just picking up right where I left off, thus making me prone to self-editing even further.
But, hope is not lost fortunately. I am still making progress (though not as much as I would like). I have been learning a lot about routinely writing and publishing small chunks of content through blogging, as well as investing time into learning as much about the fiction writing craft as I can manage. I have found that small things such as listening to audio books while working on household chores has helped keep me inspired, not to mention ease the pain of putting away laundry!
So how have you stayed disciplined through that first draft? Do you find yourself constantly wanting to edit instead of moving forward and are you ok with that if you do?
Until next time – Chris