Nigeria Lockley

A new voice in the world of Christian Fiction

#WriterWednesday: 5 Tips for Getting the First Draft Completed

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I’ve been seeing a lot of post on Facebook and Instagram (are you following me @NewNigeria) about writing that first draft. Now, I’ve tackled revising while writing, but we haven’t talked about just writing. If you’re struggling with getting through the first draft here are some tips to get you through it (don’t feel bad I’m going through it right now while working on Children of God).

Pray

If you need motivation and inspiration to get the draft done ask the one who brings all things to pass. I’m not being funny here, truly He will steady your heart and mind when you sit down to do your work.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6

God is the author of the best selling book of all time His influence on your work will take it to the next level.  

Forget the Formalities

Don’t worry about indenting and setting margins. Don’t worry about the look of the thing. Just slap them word on the page.

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Anything that you do at this point can be fixed. It’s a draft. Say it with me it’s a DRAFT.

Close Your Eyes 

If you’re stifled or the words are not flowing correctly just close your eyes and allow the scene to manifest in your mind before you attempt to pound it out on the keyboard. Just make sure you don’t mess around and fall asleep. 

Avoid Counting Words

So, many authors set a daily word count goal, however the old adage a watched pot won’t boil applies here. The more often you pause even if it is for a second to check the word count you’ve actually stopped writing. If you haven’t reached your goal in a certain amount of time or are not where you thought you’d be you may also quash some of your motivation. Instead of checking the word count while your writing check the word count when you begin, cover it up on your screen or turn it off. Once your writing session is over check your word count then and you will may find that you’ve exceeded the goal you set for yourself because you took the limit off. 

Speaking of Limitations

Nothing is off limits for the first draft. Write what you want how you want. You can clean up later. Right now just pump it out.

Do you any tips to add that will help us all get over the hump of writing the first draft?

2 thoughts on “#WriterWednesday: 5 Tips for Getting the First Draft Completed

  1. This is right on time for me! I’m currently struggling through my first draft of my sophomore novel. I’ve been praying and fasting and still can’t seem to gain the momentum I need. I honestly think it’s a straight up attack from the enemy because this story is so needed and I hope it sets many women free. So I’ll keep pressing, and keep praying until it’s done. Thanks for the words of encouragement Nigeria!

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