“The first draft of anything is shit.”
So you have this idea. It’s really sparkly in your brain. You think you should write a novel about it. You think it might be a bestseller, or at least worthy of publication and praise. So you write it down. And…
IT TOTALLY SUCKS!
Yes, it’s been known to happen. For some reason or another those sparkly ideas in our brains somehow get muddled on the way down our arm and out our fingertips, and when they land on the page it seems miraculous you even formed a sentence.
Let me repeat some words I heard from James Dasher several years ago at LTUE. He may have been quoting someone else, but I can’t remember who. Anyway, here it is:
“Dare to be bad.”
Yes. Dare to let your work completely suck. I’m saying this to myself as much as anyone, because I’m drafting right now, and it’s so painful! I have the fantasy of writing the perfect first draft, but it’s still not coming true! Every sentence I write seems like complete dreck!
The good news is I know it’s horrible, and the better news is I know how to revise. Revising is the best.
So keep your chin up, and know that even masters like Hemingway wrote complete $#!%.