I just finished the first draft of my new WIP. It’s a satisfying feeling for sure but it’s mixed with excitement about the story and fear that’s not very good. I think all writers have this confidence mixed with self doubt. I’m sure when I start revising / editing the story, I’ll find a lot that needs changing but for now, I’m going to try to hang on to the excitement that I’ve written another story.
It’s also the longest first draft I’ve ever written. With writing I really think it should be quality over quantity but you do need to consider acceptable word counts and it feels good to be getting better at writing stories that are novel length. I think back to all those shelved stories that never got over 30k and do feel a sense of accomplishment that plots are becoming easier to create now.
The more I write, the more I’m convinced that practice makes perfect. Writing becomes easier and better the more I do it. Like learning an instrument perhaps, although I never managed to learn one. Writing skills need to be exercised so they can be improved. I can see progress each time I write. Even having this blog has developed those skills. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning either. I wonder if bestselling authors are still learning and improving, I hope so because that means writing will always be challenging and you will always feel satisfaction and excitement when you type ‘The End’.
When you’re on a journey, every step forward brings you closer to your destination.
How do you feel after a first draft is complete?