Friday, October 16, 2015

10 Don’ts To Help You Complete The First Draft

  • Don’t edit while writing: editing will prevent you from moving the story forward;
  • Don’t delete anything until the first draft is finished: every sentence will fit into the story or can be used in a future draft;
  • Don’t feel pressured to commit to an initial outline or concept: your story may change once you connect to creative consciousness and disconnect from your intellect;
  • Don’t get stuck on the number of words: a story may be any length - it's all up to you;
  • Don’t rewrite anything: rewriting delays your progress;
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break when you’re out of inspiration: sometimes inspiration will find you during that break and forcing your thoughts will make the story sound mechanical ; 
  • Don’t take feedback personally: some people will get and some won't - that's seriously ok;
  • Don’t worry about character names and plots: those come as the story unfolds;
  • Don’t wait for the right time: there will never be the perfect time to start your story so just do it;
  • Don't tell the story - show it with your words: telling the story does not captivate or engage your readers; showing the story creates an emotional connection so that they read your story all the way to the end.

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