Many new writers expect golden words to flow from their fingertips instantly.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Your first draft of anything you write should always be awful, nonsensical, and all but unintelligible.
This is because in your first draft, your sole aim is to generate text. Writers write - they think on the page/ computer screen. I've written about the Magical Number 7 before:
4. Remember The Magical Number Seven, Plus Or Minus Two - don’t “write” in your head Your working memory is limited; you can only keep around five to nine elements or “chunks” in your mind at one time. That’s not a lot, and it’s a primary reason some writers write very slowly. They’re trying to use their mind in a way it wasn’t designed to be used.
Don’t try to “write” in your head.
WRITE. Write your thoughts, so you get it out of your working memory onto the page/ computer screen. The Magical Number Seven is the reason free writing is such a wonderful tool, and why it’s so important for you to use this skill.
When you write, in free writing and journaling, you’re extending your working memory, and when you do this, you automatically write more.
Writing is a PROCESS, something like this:
1. Get vague idea about something or other; write idea in a sentence. Or have no ideas at all, just write a sentence, any sentence. Or, read your commission/ brief and summarize it (if you've been commissioned to write);
2. Expand on the original idea/ sentence, just writing whatever comes. Hope that this sparks further insights;
3. Write a draft, without expectations. You've now made a start, which is all your first draft is - a start;
4. Print out the draft, make notes. Get more ideas;
5. Next draft.
Writing is just a process. It's very mechanical. You need to WRITE. :-)
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