First Drafts are a Mess

I think I’ve come to the resolve that my first drafts are going to be messy no matter how long or little amount of time I take agonizing over the next paragraph, and that it would be to my benefit to just power through it and fix the errors during the editing phase.  Something about not agonizing over every word has me worried, but logically speaking I don’t think it makes any difference.

In Ersatz the hardest part of the book for me to write was the climax, so much so that I thought it was the worst part of the book and I really wanted to change it or scrap it entirely and write something new.  It turned out that almost all of my test audiences liked those bits the best out of the whole book and found them to be the most exciting.

Maybe it’s just impossible to see your own work for what it is, and an author needs to write for the love of writing and not to compose something that will be received as good or inspiring or whatever other words you want to attribute to it.  The more that I think about it the more that I think that’s the truth.  Success is not a blessed mind, or a savant-like ability to write.  It’s persistence paired with joy in your work.  You write until you get better at writing, and you keep coming up with ideas until they start to evolve and become unique and interesting.

As has been said many times, perhaps the only key to success in writing is to do just that: Write.

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