So. Last night I found the first draft of Truest.

first draft of truest

It is 80 pages with the climax on page 75 and the whole shebang wraps up in just five pages. It has a non-ending. There are some SUUUUUPER cheesy parts that make my teeth hurt. There is virtually no conflict. It. is. terrible. TERRIBLE.

And it was the best thing I could have read this week.

What do I mean? Well, if that— that worthless drivel written by some talentless hack– could be made into a book that I’m proud of, then there’s great hope for Yes Novel. It’s already about ten times better than the first draft of Truest.

I’m not kidding: if someone else had handed me that first draft of Truest, I would have wanted to politely suggest to them that they should explore other careers. Yet, I remember being so proud of it back in the summer of 2012, when I wrapped up that first draft!

So– take heart! If you’re in a battle with your own manuscript, just know that there’s a possibility you BOTH might win!!

2 thoughts on “Wow.

  1. Needed this today. Had a bit of a rough workshop on my novel outline last night in class. Think I need to do a major overhaul … but still not sure how. Hopefully I look back on these early drafts with the same feelings you have about Truest someday.

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