First Draft Hell

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.


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…



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