Novel Update: Just Draft It

Mission to Manuscript #2: NaNoWriMo 2016 Update 1

Well, two days in and thus far I’m keeping pace. I’m at about 3,500 words. This task is in no way easy. At this point, I’m not finding the word count extremely difficult yet. Granted, I’ve only been having to keep pace for two days. Let’s see how I feel twenty days from now.  I think the reason the word count hasn’t bothered me much yet is because I’m managing my expectations.

This is a first draft. First drafts will not be your best quality of work. All first drafts have issues. Even professional writers have to go through a process of writing, polishing, and editing. As I write, I’m noticing small little aspects of the story that I will probably change. there are whole blocks of text that I’m sure I’ll delete or rewrite. That’s what editing is for. Don’t worry so much about all the extra descriptions either, that’s why you polish a manuscript.

If you try and draft a finished novel from the very start, you will keep running into problems. Your expectations will be too high. You’re find that you’re always dissatisfied and frustrated. Your progress will stale and stagnant. Ultimately, chances are you won’t ever finish that manuscript. Yep, I’ve got a couple that I’ve started and stopped for those very reasons.

Don’t worry about the little things. Just finish the story. Don’t worry about the grammatical errors. Just finish the story. Get the skeleton of your story down and finish that first draft. Trust me it is so much easier to go back and polish a story with a developed framework. That’s what I’ve been doing for my first manuscript these past few years. (There’s negatives to that too because you continually try to improve, never believing you’re finished, but I digress). Just get your story on paper, then worry about whether or not it’s up to your standards, because honestly, no first draft is going to be up to your standards.

Thank you for your support. It’s going to be a long month. I’ll be back with more NaNoWriMo updates and progress reports for you soon. Add me as a writing buddy on NaNoWriMo.org, link is below.

http://nanowrimo.org/participants/RemoteXpression

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