10 rules for writing first drafts (via copyblogger)

Really short and sweet post today…

I just came across the following poster from copyblogger. It’s quite pertinent for me at the moment as I try to finish-the-hell-out-of-this cursed, er, fantastically wonderful novel. Yeah.

Stuff to remember…

10 Rules for Writing First Drafts
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Sooo… What do you think, fellow wordslingers? My favourite is rule number 6.

Do you need to print this out and pin it on your wall? I sure do! And I’m gonna. Right now.

(Although not sure about the ink and the paper… would web-disabled computer work instead?)


This post is in response to this week’s wanafriday theme of A New Discovery. (Not that I didn’t already suspect all this, but, you know…)

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23 thoughts on “10 rules for writing first drafts (via copyblogger)

  1. Pretty good rules, although I think #2 is going to be a bit difficult while I’m taking a physics class. I’ll probably have to settle for writing when I don’t feel like it if I want to get anything done.


  2. I think I like #4 the best – let your imagination go to weird places. I tend to decide quickly on a plot, when maybe I should play with things more, just to see what will happen.


  3. Awesome rules!!!

    My favorite is #4, something I do anyway, which means I get a lot of rewriting and figuring after the draft is written. But that’s how my brain works.

    I also love #6. LOL.


    1. Rule #4 is something I aspire to. I really need to work at ‘letting go’ and not worrying so much about whether it’s going to work. I second-guess myself a lot.

      Rule #6 is awesome, because right now my first draft WIP looks like it was written by a lunatic! πŸ˜€


      1. It’s the same for me. I don’t intentionally “steal”, something “similar” to something I’ve read pours out in the flow. I totally revised those sections later, but at first I was horrified. Especially when I realized I’d even used the “same names” as were in the book I’d read.


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