The Best Part of Writing is the First Draft

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My favorite part in the writing cycle is finishing the first draft because it is my first peak at the story’s potential.  I always start with an outline, but so much of the book comes together during the first draft.  I’m constantly surprised by all the new connections I find when I’m in the process of actually writing.

There’s an old debate about whether you should be a plotter (you already know everything that will happen before you start writing) or a pantser (flying by the seat of your pants).  I’m happiest as a plotting pantser.  I need to know where the story is going, but I’m usually delighted to learn about the main character’s hair color or mother-in-law during the first draft.

Finishing the first draft is when I can step back and see how everything looks — enjoy the beauty of the vista…. before putting my hiking shoes back on for that arduous second draft.

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

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