The first draft, in a nutshell.

I’m about 30,000 words into my first draft of Wrapped in Darkness. And the following image is speaking to my soul 🙂

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50 Responses to The first draft, in a nutshell.

  1. wbarrington says:

    Glad it’s not just me, then! Though I’m wondering where my own 10%-20% of entirely hopeless, “what the hell were you thinking?”, barely legible garbage would fit into this chart.

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  2. wbarrington says:

    Glad it’s not just me, then! Though I’m wondering where my own 10%-20% of entirely hopeless, “what the hell were you thinking?”, barely legible garbage would fit into this chart.

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  3. sarahlearichards says:

    Backstory is a trap I fall in to every time. I’m also bad about adding too many characters, but real life is like that–you meet lots of people, you’re not supposed to remember them all.

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  4. sarahlearichards says:

    Backstory is a trap I fall in to every time. I’m also bad about adding too many characters, but real life is like that–you meet lots of people, you’re not supposed to remember them all.

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  5. AislingRain says:

    I’m about 35,000 words in and this seems very accurate! I think the editing may actually take longer than writing

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  6. AislingRain says:

    I’m about 35,000 words in and this seems very accurate! I think the editing may actually take longer than writing

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  7. dugm1210 says:

    This is cool. Although I’m writing short stories for now, I will keep this chart for next year when I will begin work on my first novel. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. dugm1210 says:

    This is cool. Although I’m writing short stories for now, I will keep this chart for next year when I will begin work on my first novel. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Reblogged this on From a blank page to happily ever after and commented:
    I think the 5% and 40% are generous for my first drafts. Where’s the 20% random waffle? That would be the nutmeg, I suppose.

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  10. Reblogged this on From a blank page to happily ever after and commented:
    I think the 5% and 40% are generous for my first drafts. Where’s the 20% random waffle? That would be the nutmeg, I suppose.

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  11. rtcvers says:

    This is genius.

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  12. rtcvers says:

    This is genius.

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  13. mandyboo93 says:

    I Agree, I am glad im not the only one with this kind of problem!

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  14. mandyboo93 says:

    I Agree, I am glad im not the only one with this kind of problem!

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  15. I love it. More accurate than I care to admit. but, it’s still great.

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  16. I love it. More accurate than I care to admit. but, it’s still great.

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  17. I’m about 30K into my first draft as well. But I wouldn’t slice up my pie like that. Some of the segments wouldn’t even be present. I think that’s all attributed to personal style and process.

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  18. I’m about 30K into my first draft as well. But I wouldn’t slice up my pie like that. Some of the segments wouldn’t even be present. I think that’s all attributed to personal style and process.

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  19. Reblogged this on Jack Foehammer and commented:
    Your percentages may vary 🙂

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  20. Reblogged this on Jack Foehammer and commented:
    Your percentages may vary 🙂

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  21. Dawn Watson says:

    This tickled my funny bone.

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  22. Dawn Watson says:

    This tickled my funny bone.

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  23. Wow. I feel exactly the same, and I’m only writing a tiny children’s book. Lol.

    Sent from my iPad

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  24. Wow. I feel exactly the same, and I’m only writing a tiny children’s book. Lol.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  25. embrystical says:

    Reblogged this on Utalentia and commented:
    LOVE this!

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  26. embrystical says:

    Reblogged this on Utalentia and commented:
    LOVE this!

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  27. Jesse says:

    Do you guys self-edit once you’re done with your first draft? I have yet to finish my first draft of my first book so I don’t know how i’ll treat it, but as I’m so close to the project I feel like I may find it difficult to know what needs changing/cutting down etc. Know what I mean?

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      I usually do a read through and fix up smaller mistakes and then send it off to a friend/beta-reader and see what they think, then start making changes from there.

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  28. Jesse says:

    Do you guys self-edit once you’re done with your first draft? I have yet to finish my first draft of my first book so I don’t know how i’ll treat it, but as I’m so close to the project I feel like I may find it difficult to know what needs changing/cutting down etc. Know what I mean?

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      I usually do a read through and fix up smaller mistakes and then send it off to a friend/beta-reader and see what they think, then start making changes from there.

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  29. Ron Seybold says:

    Great graphic! A wonderful way to be kind to ourselves while we do that early draft. Love the section about scenes that ought to be elsewhere in the same book. I count that as a useful bit — I just have to figure out where it goes.

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  30. Ron Seybold says:

    Great graphic! A wonderful way to be kind to ourselves while we do that early draft. Love the section about scenes that ought to be elsewhere in the same book. I count that as a useful bit — I just have to figure out where it goes.

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  31. Slothra says:

    So absolutely true… Although I sometimes worry that 5% is a little high for the “Gold”

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  32. Slothra says:

    So absolutely true… Although I sometimes worry that 5% is a little high for the “Gold”

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  33. A.D. Everard says:

    LOL. I love it! It’s true, too! 😀

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  34. A.D. Everard says:

    LOL. I love it! It’s true, too! 😀

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  35. Shauna says:

    So true!!!! 🙂

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  36. Shauna says:

    So true!!!! 🙂

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  37. JunkChuck says:

    5% Gold is optimistic. (cue: deep sigh.)

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  38. JunkChuck says:

    5% Gold is optimistic. (cue: deep sigh.)

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  39. That’s a really helpful picture – thanks for sharing. I recognise everything in it, and would probably add two more things: (1) clichés (i.e. description, characters or situations that sound like they’ve been lifted from a hundred other places); (2) just too many words – many first drafts basically need a good trim.

    Or maybe that’s just me …

    But seriously, this is a real encouragement to carry on and plough through that first draft, knowing even as you write that it isn’t what it could or should be, that in places it’s not great and some bits might make you cringe when you read them back. But you have to do it. No-one’s first draft is anything like the finished article – and that includes famous, feted and successful authors. So my advice is to go for it, enjoy the creative process and remember that you WILL make it better

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  40. That’s a really helpful picture – thanks for sharing. I recognise everything in it, and would probably add two more things: (1) clichés (i.e. description, characters or situations that sound like they’ve been lifted from a hundred other places); (2) just too many words – many first drafts basically need a good trim.

    Or maybe that’s just me …

    But seriously, this is a real encouragement to carry on and plough through that first draft, knowing even as you write that it isn’t what it could or should be, that in places it’s not great and some bits might make you cringe when you read them back. But you have to do it. No-one’s first draft is anything like the finished article – and that includes famous, feted and successful authors. So my advice is to go for it, enjoy the creative process and remember that you WILL make it better

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  41. Quite honestly, that little pie made me grin. I’ll never look at my future first drafts the same again after this humorous “anatomy” lesson.

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  42. Quite honestly, that little pie made me grin. I’ll never look at my future first drafts the same again after this humorous “anatomy” lesson.

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