Day 136: Don Roff – Writers Often Torture Themselves

Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it. -Don Roff

Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it.

-Don Roff

Your first draft is no time to get lost in the weeds of perfectionism.

Your first draft serves only one purpose: to get the words out of your head and onto the page so you can fix them later.

That’s it.

The faster you get this draft completed, the sooner you can get on with the work of getting your words right. Or close to right, since they’ll never be perfect.

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I cannot fathom a world where this isn’t true for you too.

So do yourself a huge favor. Set an absurdly short deadline for your first draft.

Dare yourself to beat the deadline by at least 3 days.

Work your butt off to complete your first draft as fast as you possibly can.

Forgo anything that doesn’t move your book toward this finish line: food, showers, an evening with your spouse – everything.

There will be plenty of time for all of that when your first draft is done.

And you’ll enjoy all those things so much more with a belly full of the satisfaction of achievement.

If a little outside accountability will be helpful to get your first draft finished, I encourage you to join me daily at 4PM Pacific for Writing Power Hour. It’s my most productive hour of the day, and it can be yours too!

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  • Christopher di Armani

    Empowering non-fiction authors - just like you - so you can turn your dream of writing a book into your published reality. Yes, you really can go from blank page to finished first draft to published book, with ease.

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