Writing Tip #1- Finishing the First Draft

Finishing the first draft of any type story is important and it is also the hardest to do.

It’s important because with every story you think of, getting the story fully writing from beginning to end will help you. Getting to see the whole story in front of you makes you realize how much more work needs to go into it, to fix plot holes, and see if the direction you are going in is the direction this story is supposed to go.

The reason this is hard to do with finishing the first draft is that we writers always have a tendency to either stop writing the story because it’s not written well, or we want to edit everything that was written before even finishing the story.

First, no story is ever perfect when it is first written. That fiction book you love so much didn’t get written perfectly in the first draft. It took many drafts before that book became the perfect and amazing book that it is. It wouldn’t have gotten that way if the writer didn’t finish their first draft.

Second, it’s okay to edit a little bit here and there, but don’t edit everything. You don’t know what will make it into a final draft, and taking a whole time to edit all the writing you have done previously, will take time away from actually writing so you can finish your draft.

Something that I have learned is that your first draft will suck.

I always have to tell myself “it’s okay for this first draft to suck” when I start a new story because I know after finishing that first draft and editing that draft, the second draft of my story will be better with now knowing more about my story than I did when I first started writing it.

Remember, it’s just a first draft. You are just getting to know and understand your stories, as well as your characters. The next draft will be better, including the draft after that, until you feel it’s finally perfect and ready to be sent out somewhere.

2 thoughts on “Writing Tip #1- Finishing the First Draft

  1. Your point about getting the entire story down before knowing what it needs is sooo true! Leigh Bardugo talked about that at Bookcon, and she mentioned doing zero drafts to deal with it (basically, just jotting down the crappiest draft possible without stopping, so that you have a beginning, middle, and end). It’s something I really want to try at some point.


    1. I love Leigh Bardugo. She’s a brilliant fantasy writer. I never heard about a zero draft before, but it sounds fun and interesting to do. I think I’ll try it out with one of my story ideas.


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