One piece of writing advice that I have heard and seen written in a million different ways is “first drafts are crap, but that’s ok”. That is one thing that everyone that has anything to say about writing seems to agree on. But just because there is a consensus on it, doesn’t make it any easier for a newbie like myself to wrap my head around. Reading someone else’s published book – that will be version 3, 6, 12 or however many rounds of editing they did to get it to a state they were happy with. Logically I know that I can’t compare my embryonic, rambling first draft with that. But emotionally, I still did. And because of that my writing stalled.
A little while ago I watched a YouTube lecture delivered by, I think, Brandon Sanderson, but whoever it was, they used the term discovery writer. A writer who discover their story through the act of writing it. Now that is a label I feel a lot more comfortable with and weirdly, because who would have thought something as silly as a label makes such a difference, it has helped me reconcile myself to my true writer self.
Confession time. I love nice stationery.
Nice pens, beautiful notebooks, clever organisers/calendars, pretty stickers.
The problem is that as much as I love them, I struggle to find a use for them.
Until I actively started to try to write more regularly I had never realised how hard it is to write on command.