Feeling annoyed? Yeah, I am pretty annoyed as of late, too. Why? Bad writing advice. There’s too much bad writing advice available now. Thank you, internet. What bad writing advice do we get today? And one of the worst pieces of writing advice may have even slipped my tongue one time or more during my early years as a short story writer and, well, as a writer as a whole, anyways.
First draft? Yeah, forget about worrying about your first draft. Huh? Yeah, forget it. Forget worrying about how your second draft looks, too. It doesn’t matter. What’s the use in worrying about all of your first drafts? Worrying about your first, second, third drafts is pointless because I guarantee you that once you begin working with an editor at a reputable publisher, you could potentially create up to at minimum a dozen drafts before it’s ready for print.
What every writer needs right now is a sticky note stuck on wherever it is they’re writing at reminding them that writing multiple drafts is normal. Are you writing in a composition book? Put a sticky note in there. Are you writing on a laptop, PC, or Chromebook? Stick that note where you can see it. It doesn’t matter where you write as long as you keep in mind that not every draft will be as polished as before.
Pantser? Plotter? It doesn’t matter. There will always be something you will find in your drafts to update or change even long after publishing.
Every writers brain is unique. Well, Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer, said it best: “different writers’ brains need different things”. Laini is referring to how many books exist on how to write a book. They go on to say it is a way. If it works for you it doesn’t mean it will work for the next writer. Laini and I both share a common trait: we both need the sentences to work as we write them and the ability to fix any problems as they arise.
So, if there’s ONE thing every writer needs right now…it is grace with themselves.