The First Draft
It is a dark time for the novelist. Although the need for spontaneous rewriting has been destroyed, Imperious Self-Doubt has driven the inner-editor from its hidden base within the psyche and pursued it across the vast pages of the manuscript.
Evading the dreaded Imperious Self-Doubt, a group of freedom thinkers led by a positive mental attitude has established a new secret base known as keeping to the story-line.
The evil lord Darth Vacillator, obsessed with destroying this positive mental attitude, has dispatched thousands of remote doubts into the not-so-far reaches of the novelist’s mind…
Let the story out.
If you don’t keep to that mantra the first draft can be a bit of an ass-kicker. There’s a pile of confabulations bursting through the thought process as each word is heedlessly slapped onto the page. Yes, I said heedlessly. Haphazardly. With as little thought process as possible. That’s how the first draft should be. Like one of those possessed writers, scoring the desk with their fingernails at two hundred words per minute.
No thought should be giving to spelling or punctuation, that shit can be fixed later. Don’t worry about prose either, your voice will find you—from your first idea to the last edit, your voice ascends through-out the entire process—it is not the way you speak but how your words are finally produced. Don the blast-shield helmet and let the force guide you.
But be only guided by the destination. Navigate that way and let yourself take any route which pulls at you naturally. If you don’t know your destination, even better, ramble onward without care or concern. Make it a soliloquy. A constant wordy stream of your own consciousness, relating your story. Take it beyond that, let your personality take over. Write what you daren’t.
When the words stop coming, then and only then, is it time to ask, Am I finished? If the answer is no and you’re struggling to move forward, find out where you took a wrong turn, go back and change direction. If the answer is yes; edit, re-write and repeat until it’s ready.
Just let the story run free.
“Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.”
― George Lucas