Gibberish Draft

Posted: June 11, 2015 in graffiti living
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Write faster. I’m not joking.

Hand over your inner editor.

Each chapter doesn’t have to be perfect before you move on, this is a GIBBERISH DRAFT (even more bonkers and random and unfinished than a first draft.

Stop trying to be Atlas (that Greek bloke with the world on his shoulders). You say you’re struggling with your world — you have a world?! A plot-ish is all you need!

Seriously though, if your novel is set in France, on Mars, or in Ancient Greece it doesn’t matter. Don’t do detailed “research” (or world-building) for your novel until you have written your first draft.

In other words, forget about all that background stuff and just TELL THE STORY. [The rest is just TK]

Some days you’ll write more, other days you won’t but don’t worry about it too much. You’re doing just fine.

Isak Dinesen said that she wrote a little every day, without hope and without despair. That’s all you have to do.

Your novel probably won’t win the Booker Prize. It’s not supposed to.

This is no time to start disliking your story — give yourself permission to write the WORST NOVEL IN THE WORLD.

Do not delete. There’s no need or time or reason to go back. Once you’ve finished, you can burn it if you want.

Right now, just keep plugging away at it and if you write in spite of fatigue / boredom then your characters will start to take over.

Give them something fun to do, take them out for a picnic, whatever… just keep going and it will get better.

There’s no backwards, only forwards.

If your story has to hobble along on bloodied stumps for a while, that’s fine, just keep it moving.

If your mind is crying out to write a certain scene that you aren’t at yet… guess what you should do? WRITE THE SCENE.

You don’t have to write your story in order (I write mine in a weird sort of spiral) — just write the good bits in the order that they occur to you.


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