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Every writer goes through the dreaded Writer’s Block.
*DUN, DUN, DUUUUUUUUN*
But I have recently discovered a way to stop Writer’s Block.
After dealing with the dreaded WB for the first few days of NaNoWriMo, I decided to take a break from staring at a blank screen and head to the library. I thought: Maybe other authors’ words will help motivate me.
And they did.
I picked up this book: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.
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I have only read one of the passages called “Sh*tty First Drafts,” but I’ve gotten good vibes from this book so far.
She basically explains that all first drafts, even those of best-selling authors, are complete crap. They are not the great stories we read after publication, but sorry excuses for kindergarten-grade work. BUT it is absolutely necessary to just write your first draft, crappy or not, because if you never write, then you’ll never be able to revise and rewrite.
Now this is something I have known for a long time – through middle school, junior high, high school, college, etc. But since I have been super tired and overly anxious about writing my rough draft for my novel, I lost sight of this bit of knowledge.
Thankfully, I was able to get a reminder from Lamott. And since then, I have nearly doubled my word count, and have almost caught up to where I need to be to stay on top of the NaNoWriMo challenge.
So for all of you who are struggling with writing your novel, short stories, or essays, just remember: Write that first draft with just the facts. THEN go back and revise your work, making it look beautiful and professional.