The most important job when writing your first draft is to get the words out of your head and onto the page.
The best way to accomplish this is to keep writing as fast as you until your first draft is finished.
Everything else about your book can (and probably should) wait.
Write your first draft as fast as you can.
Don’t worry about proper punctuation, spelling errors or the order of things inside each of your chapters. And definitely don’t worry about the order of your chapters.
Don’t get it right. Get it written.
There will be plenty of days ahead of you to deal with all of that. Your job, in this moment, is to tell yourself the story of the book that’s screaming to get out of your head and onto the page.
Then, and only then, will it be time to figure out the rest of the issues you now face.
Remember Job #1.
Get your book written.
Getting it right is what the editing phase is all about. There will be plenty of time to slow down and consider all those details I encourage you to ignore during your first draft.
But here’s the secret.
You can’t edit a blank page.
You can’t edit your first draft until it’s complete.
And if you allow yourself to get bogged down with the minutia of every sentence, every paragraph and every chapter of your book while you’re writing it… you’ll probably never finish writing and publishing your book because it will never be “perfect.”
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