So, I’m working on the first draft of my first book, Heart of the Jaguar, and I’m stressing. Why? Because, I write and write and write, and it all ends up sounding like crap to me. Gaaahhhh!
Here’s what I really need to remember – just get the story on the paper. Editing comes later! I tend to be a perfectionist with my writing, so when I read something I wrote and it doesn’t resonate with me, I want to correct it. All. Right now.
So, it was great for me to read this blog article from KimberlyB Writes. She really lays it out the way I need to hear it.
She says: “Good work doesn’t pop out of the Universe fully formed. I can’t think of an author who sits down to write and creates nirvana on the page.
NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE. ”
Kimberly also say, “If you are expecting some kind of magic to drop out of the sky, land on your head, and give you a beautiful piece of writing meant to wow the world, I’ll wait for you to land back in reality.”
She goes on to give examples from a google search she conducted:
- “When surveyed, authors said it takes multiple drafts to make a book readable
- Tolkien took 12 years to write Lord of the Rings (best books ever!!!)
- Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind for 10 years
- JK Rowling took 5 years writing the first Harry Potter and planning 6 more “
Gotta say – I feel MUCH better about my first draft, right now!
Okay – back to my own version of the SFD. 🙂 And, if you are starting on your writing career, keep the faith, baby. Just keep on writing…