on The Write Practice:
What should be included in your first draft? Writing the first draft of a book is incredibly difficult. So much so that many writers don’t even finish their first draft. Why is this? And how can we prevent this from stopping us from writing our first drafts?
Every writer who has ever written a book wrote a first draft for that story—and it’s highly unlikely that the first draft was also the final draft.
Of course, it’s hard to remember this when you’re reading a published book. Writers don’t often see the first, or even second (maybe more!) drafts of a book. Just the final product.
However, behind every great story there is a beginning—and in every beginning there are elements we, as writers, need to care about accomplishing. There are also elements that will only hold us back.
In this post, I will cover the three elements you need to include in your first draft, and the three elements that will only slow down or stop your writing process.