103 Bracing Quotes to Propel You Through Your First Draft

103 Bracing Quotes to Propel You Through Your First Draft


1. I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
Shannon Hale

2. Your first draft is your imagination’s private journal.
MJ Bush, The Perfection Intervention

3. We begin to judge our work too early and think we need to achieve perfection. Inevitably writer’s block will come knocking because we can’t meet those expectations. We need to give ourselves permission to fail so we have the freedom to explore, experiment and improve.
Lynda R Young, 5 Reasons to Shed the Genius Within

4. Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

5. Most of all, I remember: the purpose of the first draft is to figure out what story you are telling.
Darcy Pattison, Awful First Draft: It’s Hard to Trust the Process

6. Making writing a big deal tends to make writing difficult.
Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (affiliate link, no expense added)

7. The first draft is the fastest, and invariably the most important. In the first draft, I write for myself, and always with the door closed. No one ever sees those words.
Mary Jaksch, How To Start A Novel

8. No one will read what you don’t give them, so the only judge in the first draft is you.
Allison Beckert, What to Expect From A First Draft

9. People mistakenly expect to hit the bulls-eye on the first pass. Abandon the idea that your first draft should be anything but exploration.
Gregory Ciotti, How to Write with Substance

10. If you are willing to do something that might not work, you’re closer to being an artist.
Seth Godin

11. Don’t think about making art, just get it done.
Andy Warhol

12. As soon as I stopped over-thinking my process, my infernal internal editor shut up, my characters started talking to me again, and my writing improved vastly. Turned out the very thing I thought was helping me be a good writer was holding me back.
K.M. Weiland, Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

13. It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
C. J. Cherryh

14. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Sylvia Plath

15. One of the big lessons for me was realizing that whether I took 7 months or 7 days, my first drafts would essentially have the same weaknesses and strengths so…I could quit worrying about it.
April Kihlstrom, How Writers Write – An interview with April Kihlstrom

16. The main thing is to find a way to turn off that pesky inner editor.
Jeanne Ryan, 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far

17. [Premature editing] can destroy a great idea and turn inspired writing into drudgery.
Scott Maiorca, Woo Your Muse by Killing Your Inner Editor.

18. Give yourself permission, via bargaining, to edit it later. Guarantee that promise with a promissory, in this case the hash symbol #.
Andy Shackcloth, How to keep writing when your inner critic screams

19. Do you really believe you aren’t capable of improving this scene if you don’t do it right now?
MJ Bush, The Perfection Intervention

20. Simply refuse to look at anything you have written until the last page is done. Period.
James N. Frey, How to Write a Damn Good Novel (affiliate link, no expense added)

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