“I hope you don’t plan on publishing that!”
Have you ever been told this after sharing part of your NaNo project?
You read the title, folks. This is aimed toward the passionate, first-draft-is-a-religious-text type of writer, such as myself. And it won’t be long– don’t worry. Today’s story time takes us back to November 2020.
I believed my writing was pretty darn good– without requiring edits from another set of eyes. I wrote 60k words in 2020, marking my most productive National Novel Writing Month ever.
You’ve felt this before, I’m sure.
The feeling of ultimate confidence, assuredness in oneself, and utmost badassery.
Well, it took a while for me to come down off my high horse and realize the truth. Ahead of the momentum, the progress, the high Word count, was a predicament waiting for me on the other side.
The writing still wasn’t good enough to be read by an audience.
Normally, first drafts are not ready to be seen by anyone. Not even your mother! There’s plenty of resources online like Booktubers and Bookstagram-ers who can help you edit, revise, and rewrite parts of your book. Generally, with simply you passing your batch of writing to them and they’ll send you their stuff for you to edit. Or, a little of cash. Not much of a price to pay, though, for peace of mind.
Here is something I learned on my writing journey, which you may have heard before. This point serves as a reminder for the young, anxious writers. I, too, struggle to remember to hold back, trust the process, and stay patient.
You need to take all writing as practice.
Only when you publish a finished product will that be your championship game.
Everything else in between is just practice.
And 99% of any sport is played as practice before a championship game. This serves as a reminder to myself as well.
Trust the process. Stay patient. Understand that all writing is practice.
I hope you enjoyed today’s quick story time. Provided you’re a young, ambitious writer, don’t lose hope. Stay patient. Your time to shine will come.