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How to Write a First Draft Without PerfectionismMaybe you’ve heard that first drafts are supposed to suck, but what does that really mean? What does a sucky first draft look like? How do you allow yourself to suck? Why would you even want to allow yourself to write something that sucks in the first place?
Because otherwise, you’ll most likely be crippled by the writer’s arch nemesis: perfectionism.
Did you just cringe? We all experience it when we sit down to write, arrange everything just so, type a sentence or two (or a bit more if you’re lucky), and then it strikes—your inner editor. It smacks you across the face and demands that you fix that grammar mistake right now.
Or worse, you’ve written multiple chapters of your epic novel when you suddenly get a great idea for a new direction to take the story that will make it so much better! But you can’t just keep writing as if you’d written in that awesome new idea from the beginning. No, your inner editor screams at
I don’t want my ocs to be defined by their hairstyle, as I want them to change it thorough the story. So I had this little exercise with some of the male FWMV cast - to check whether their features are still recognisable, that kind of stuff.
I might do something similar with female characters one day.
I like the results of this first attempt, but I admit, it was mindf***ing to add or remove a beard on a character (depending what their default is)… like seriously that’s not facial hair, that’s a time machine!Note: For one of those images I reused my older drawing from here. I drew non stop for few days in a row and my hand hurt too much to continue ; _ ;