Overcoming First Draft Fear

Perhaps it is the writer in me or maybe the teacher, but this blog is great advice not only for writers, but approaching life: “Keep going. Keep going for the love of it, and if the first few chapters need work-that’s good. That’s the point. All first drafts need work. “
Foodie wise, it is the same thing. All dishes may take a try or two, but you keep shaping and exploring for the love of it. Great advice from Cats and Chocolate. http://catsandchocolate.com/2015/07/07/overcoming-first-draft-fear/

Cats and Chocolate

Whilst I write this first draft, I feel old doubts and fears surfacing. The ones that make you want to delete everything or give it up, never write again. There are many fears that push at you, telling you that your writing is not good enough – why did you think you could do this again?

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‘Writer’s Block’: Photography by Rachel Baran.

And when you read back over your first efforts, you can already see how much work you will need to do to make it shine. This is another thing to be scared of, that makes you think that perhaps you’re just not cut out for this writing thing – the editing looks like an insurmountable task. 

‘Not beginning protects you from the disappointment – no, shame – of reading what you have written and finding it rubbish. It also prevents you from an equally disturbing possibility: discovering that you can…

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