February 5

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5 Tips to Help You Get Your First Draft Finished

Are you having trouble getting the first draft of your manuscript complete?

Are there days that you lose the motivation & will to write because you are sidetracked by your duties as a parent?

Are you almost finished with your story? But you have absolutely no clue how to finish it off?

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. In this blog post, I will share 5 tips to help you finish your first draft.

After reading this, you will have the knowledge and guidance on how to get your first draft finished.

So, without further ado, let’s begin.

Plan

“A Goal without a Plan is Just a Wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I suggest you prepare an outline to prepare your story. An outline will give you guidance on where your story needs to go and will give you direction. There are people who refuse to use an outline; those people are called pantsers. I believe if you are a new author, pantsing is a recipe for disaster because there is a good chance you will end up stuck, get frustrated, and quit.

Make Writing a Daily Habit

Making writing a daily habit is one of the best ways that can help you finish your first draft.

If you write a couple thousand or a couple hundred words per day, getting something down on paper will move you closer to getting your first draft finished.

Also, find the best time of day that you like to write, whether it be in the morning, afternoon, or night. Writing at the time of day when you are mentally fresh will help you become more productive.

Don’t Worry About Being Perfect

It’s ok to make mistakes in your draft, so stop worrying about it being perfect. When you are finished writing, you can run it through a grammar-correcting AI tool such as Pro Writing Aid to clean up your spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. Or you can hand it off to a human editor and let them clean up your draft for you.

Your first draft is supposed to be messy. So keep writing, and you can worry about correcting your mistakes when you are done.

Get Rid of Distractions

Get away from the television, the internet, the loud dog, video games, etc, if you want to finish your draft.

These distractions are a hindrance to your progress. You should turn these things off or, better yet, get completely away from them.

Distractions can ruin most people’s productivity, so it’s important that you eliminate them at all costs.

Celebrate When You are Finished

When you are finished writing your first draft, go out and celebrate. Get a drink (or a few), go out, do dinner, take in a move. Just DO SOMETHING.

Finishing a novel is a huge accomplishment, and you should pat yourself on the back. Not many people can do this, and I know from experience that writing a book is difficult.

This is a major feat, and you should go out and have the time of your life. Also, knowing that you are planning to celebrate when you finish your first draft will give you the motivation and push to get it done.

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have anything more to add, please leave it in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post!


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