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Writing the First Draft: The No-Nonsense Guide for Authors

I once wrote the first draft of a book chapter that smelt so bad, I had to open up the office window while reading it. It's a good thing my first drafts are for me alone, and yours should be too. When you sit down to write a first draft, you may lack confidence or feel uninspired by what you're about to do. When you’re writing a first draft, it's you alone wrestling with your ideas and stories, and if you pin one to the page or if procrastination pins you to the chair, nobody needs to know. Most writers, even successful ones, don't write good first drafts. They're more concerned with getting the words out of their heads and onto the blank page. They know they can fix their writing later on during a subsequent rewrite or during the editing process. You may feel like you're writing with a crayon in your mouth, and that's okay.