My First Draft Disclaimer/ Declaration/ Manifesto

In a battle against myself tonight. This is a reminder. Maybe someone else needs it too?


I am going to write an absolutely terrible first draft, and I’m not going to apologize for it.

The characters will be inconsistent, the exposition will be bare-faced, the details will be absent, and the climax will be boring.

I won’t care.

I will neglect the setting.  I will force the dialogue.  I will let the characters do whatever the hell they want.

It doesn’t matter.

I will use cliches.  I will info-dump.  I will rely on stereotypes.

It’s all right.

Because it’s a first draft.

All that matters is that I put words onto pages.  Every day.  Bad ones.  Lots of adverbs.  And the word nice.  The phrase “nicely nice.”  All of it in passive tense.

I will be kind to myself and to my first draft.  I will let it get its way.  I will baby it and baby myself.

But you’d better believe that once…

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2 thoughts on “My First Draft Disclaimer/ Declaration/ Manifesto

  1. Thank you! I did – I do!
    As a matter of fact, I printed it out (with proper credit and everything) and posted it on my refrigerator.
    Joined NaNo this month. What was I thinking?! I have a 4-day grand total of 2481 words written since Nov. 1. I’m pretty sure I was ‘supposed’ to do that on the first day. I get in my way and…you know how it goes. Thank you again for this – you are wonderfully full of sage advice. I am comforted to know I’m not the only one struggling with this artistic beast. And knowledge is power – right? 😉

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