When it comes to quick story ideas, I am rife with creativity. However, when it comes to executing them, I am replete with scarcity. So I have ideas with working titles floating around my head, but I’m the type to hit the delete button so much that nothing ever stays on the page.

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box, so that later, I can build castles.”

Shannon Hale

Terry Pratchett said the first draft is you telling the story to yourself. This is something I must always keep in mind as I plod along. The issue is letting it just be shitty until it’s time to reconstruct and carve out the desired product. Perfection is the downfall of any writer. Nothing is perfect, but it’s always possible to be good enough, right?

So, instead of aiming for perfection on the first draft, or even the second, the goal will be to just get it out. You can’t edit what’s not there.

And away we go.