The process of writing can be both frustrating and enjoyable at the same time, especially during a first draft. You go into writing the new story idea you’ve had for some time and suddenly, it takes an unexpected turn. The frustrating part now is deciding whether to keep the new turn or delete what you wrote and go in the direction you had planned. For us, this is, keep what happened and alter everything else and alter the rest of the story to fit what happened. The enjoyable part is you surprised yourself, so you know your readers will be surprised too. Besides, with these little unexpected twists, you now have a story that isn’t forced.
A while back, we wrote about not writing to an outline. It doesn’t mean not knowing where the story is going, but having “wiggle” room for unexpected events and being able to change the end if you have to. We’ve done it several times. We’ve planned what we thought was an epic ending, but because of the unexpected in our first draft, we discovered the new ending was far better. It also means our stories aren’t forced. They are what they’re meant to be.
Writing a first draft of a story is magical for us. We never really know what’s going to happen. This is where true character development happens for us. We can write all the things we want to about a character while developing him or, but it’s how they act to situations that make them who they are. It’s one of the many, many reasons first drafts are the best.
Whatever it is you’re writing, and however it is you write, just know, without a first draft, there is no story, there are no real characters. Without the first draft, there is nowhere to go. There is no magic. There is no joy. No frustration. There is nothingness. First drafts are perhaps the most important part of writing. This is where the story and characters truly start to take shape.
A first draft will always hold a special place in our hearts.