It’s done! Your first draft, with all your best ideas, information, and advice finally on paper. What a terrific accomplishment. We’re advocates for the fast and furious first draft and doing whatever it takes to get a draft down in short order and without stopping to edit or polish.
But now what?Completing the first-draft stage can lead to anxious moments. One of our clients produced a first draft by writing almost daily over a period of three months. She achieved this by carving out 20 to 40 minute stretches in her already busy schedule. “It was an exhilarating time,” she told us, “but now I look at my draft and wonder what to do with this mess. It’s my baby, but now I wonder how I’ll ever be able to edit these clunky pages.”
Good news. She doesn’t have to think about editing. Not yet. And if you have a first draft completed, neither do you. Instead, it’s time for a second draft. Sure, a lucky few produce fairly well-behaved first drafts, meaning they wrote the information in roughly the same sequence it will appear in the book.