Sh*tty First Draft

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It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. However, it’s been over a year since I started writing every day.

On my last post, I talked about how I’ve reconnected to my passion for fiction writing. I started a year ago and never stopped. My story and my characters took many turns, and so did my life.

The first thing I learned was the power of the shitty first draft. I had a story in my head, and it wasn’t at all polished or thought through. It didn’t matter. I put it on paper and got it all out. Because there was no judgment, it flowed easy, and I had so much fun with it. It got addictive.

The story from that first draft has changed almost completely. The plot was fixed, the narrative refined. Still, it isn’t anywhere close to done. Allowing myself a no judgment first draft got me here, and I learned so much on the way.

This is to say that sometimes, in life, we need to embrace the flawed start. We unrealistically wait for when we’re ready when the reality is that only practice will make you ready. This is true for creative things, but it’s also true for all the risks we take. First business adventure? You’ll make mistakes. Change of career? Could be the wrong turn, but how will you know?

What if failing at the first time is the point? What if that’s the way it’s supposed to be, but we are too caught up in the excuse of perfectionism to allow ourselves even to try?

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