5 Steps to First Draft...Finally!

Writing is hard.

Sometimes we love it, and sometimes we hate it. (Or as several famous writers have been quoted as saying, we love having written.)

A lot of us believe that we need to wait for inspiration to strike.

The problem is, this belief goes against what we know is true, that consistent practice makes us better writers.

I have personally grappled with this for years. I would sit down to write, feel uninspired, and get up to do something else. Or worse, I would never sit down in the first place. Over my years of experience as a teacher and writing coach, I’ve heard many would-be writers say the same thing, so I know I’m not alone here. 

What is your greatest challenge? Is it that…

  •  you haven’t been able to find the time to write?
  • you start first drafts but don’t finish them?
  • you are doubting yourself, wondering What if no one likes it? What if it turns out I’m a terrible writer?
  • you have trouble just making yourself sit down and write already?

Tired of talking about writing, thinking about writing, and wishing about writing while not actually writing, I became determined to make a change, After much trial and error and many cups of coffee, I realized that one small shift made a great deal of difference.

I could make my decisions about what and when to write ahead of time.

If I made my decisions ahead of time, then all I had to do each day was show up and do my best on the one small step I had planned for that day. And eventually – small step by small step – a first draft was written.

Here is my process:

  1. choose an idea and assign it a structure
  2. explore and decide upon a clear intention for the piece of writing
  3. set a deadline for completion of the first draft
  4. list all of the small steps to be taken
  5. put each and every step on my calendar.

This is the tool I’ve used to become a writer who completes projects consistently, efficiently, and intentionally, and now I’m sharing it with you because your story matters, and I want you to write it.

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