#WriterWednesday: 5 Tips for Getting the First Draft Completed

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?

#WriterWednesday I Know It’s Only Monday

I’m trying to get my life together, as many you of you know the writer’s life will have you all over the place. 

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I’m currently planning my #WriterWednesday posts and I’d like to know what you want to know or have questions about. Of course, I might not have the answer, but I may know someone who does and as The Neophyte Author I know how important it is to receive a healthy blend of inspiration, motivation, and practical information. 

In the comments tell me what writing issues would like to see address for the remainder of August and  the month of September. 

#WriterWednesday Michelle Stimpson Helps You Do Your Homework

This week our #WriterWednesday tips come from an author that shouldn’t need an introduction, but if you don’t know her I’m so glad that you are getting a chance to meet her via The Neophyte Author. Pay attention take notes, this may seem like the basics, but we all make mistakes and overlook certain things because we never knew it was wrong or because we’re trying to be creative.

 

michelle-stimpsonBestselling, award-winning author Michelle Stimpson has penned more than twenty-five Christian fiction books including traditional bestseller Divas of Damascus Road, the highly acclaimed Falling Into Grace, and Amazon #1 bestseller, Stepping Down. She has also published more than fifty short stories through her educational publishing company, WeGottaRead.com. Michelle holds an English degree from Jarvis Christian College and master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a part-time language arts consultant and serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. She and her husband have two young adult children and one crazy dog.

You can find Michelle online at:

 www.MichelleStimpson.com 

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleStimpsonWrites