When working on my first draft, I remember feeling the pressure to produce something. Because I was new to the writing community and I did not know any writer personally, it was so hard to find out what steps to take in order to create a first draft. Cue the fear and doubt in the drafting phase! One day, as I was watching videos on YouTube, it donned on me – social media is my ally.
Fear in the drafting phase can be thwarted with the help of author tube and experienced authors on Instagram. Many authors on Instagram post their writing processes between the releases of their books. Author tube is probably my go-to out of the two options. There are writers who talk about their writing process in depth keeping everything very honest. More importantly, they share that they are human too. It is normal to be afraid, but don’t let the fear stop you from continuing your draft. Surround yourself with people that give you the energy you need to keep going. Encouragement is what you need most during this phase.
In between drafts and edits
Printing my first draft was probably the most satisfying part of the entire novel writing process. Holding the first draft in my hands was motivation enough to continue; the proof that it is not just all in my head and that I can keep going. So what do I do at this point?
Turning to authortube, there are quite a few authors that advice you to take a break from your work. Okay, I tried it. It was nerve-wracking! I wanted to continue without a halt. Why stop now? Then I got this crazy idea to share my work with two of my friends whom I trusted to give me quality feedback (and they did).
However, the idea of having someone read my “crappy” first draft made my stomach do somersaults. I expected my friends to laugh at me, tell me it was boring, and that I needed to stick to writing in a journal. But, they didn’t. Instead, they encouraged me to keep going and said they wanted to read more.
Everyone has a different writing process and they have to find what works for them. In the brief mental break between edits, I don’t recommend sharing your chapters because of discretion. However, if you get nervous or have the fear of not touching that first draft after completing it, try it. Being a first time writer and having continuous support, even if the work isn’t perfect the first time round, always helps to cope with the fear.