12 Writing Quotes To Remember

If writing is easy, you’re doing it wrong. – Bryan Hutchinson

I think that this is the third time that I have started this blog post over completely deleting everything that I had already written.

Writing is hard anyone who tells you otherwise is probably not a writer.

Sometimes things can sound so good in your head and then you start to write it and it sounds nothing like what you were imagining it to be.

It can be so easy just to go and delete that section or even the whole book because it is not as good as it was in your head.

It is so easy to get into a perfectionist mindset about writing.

But if we do that we are never going to write anything.

It is impossible to write something that is perfect.

At least not on the first try. The first draft of anything is going to be far from perfect.

And even the finished book is not going to be perfect.

It is impossible to write something that is perfect.

We can come close, but there are flaws in every single published book.

And really it is the flaws that make a writer’s style unique. If everyone wrote perfectly there would be no different styles.

In art it is the imperfections that make the piece what it is.

So, learn to let yourself be less than perfect on your first draft. That is something that I have to learn as well.

The important thing about a first draft is to get it written and if we are always striving for perfection that first draft will never be written.

One of the first lesson that any author has had to learn is that their writing is not perfect and never will be.

Today I want to share with you some quotes from published authors on first drafts.

These are quotes that have helped and encouraged me when I am struggling through writing a first draft and I hope that they will do the same for you.

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

This is good to remember. What is written in the first draft is just the beginning of something much, much greater. 

The first draft is just the beginning.

No one will read what you don’t give them, so the only judge in the first draft is you.
– Allison Beckert

Always good to remember that no one has to see the first draft. When I remember this it actually does make it easier to write.

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


What ever is written in the first draft has a fairly good chance of being taken out later or at least revised.

The first draft is a skeleton….just bare bones. The rest of the story comes later with revising.
Judy Blume

Your story is not going to be perfect the first time.

The first draft is just the beginning.

Writing ‘The End’ may make it seem like the end, but it is not.

I finally made a huge poster that read: “GET TO THE END OF THE STORY” and taped it to the wall behind my computer. This simple trick helped me push forward to the end.
Jan Ellison

Hmm. It sounds like that might be something that I should do.

Basically you need to convince yourself that you have to write and then do it.

No real writer likes what she’s writing ALL the time, or even MOST of the time. The important thing is to stick with your story until the end. That’s when the magic happens.
Meg Cabot

We have remember when we don’t like what we are writing the most important thing is just to get it done.

The most important part of the first draft is just to get it written.

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. 
Edwin Land

The first draft is going to be a mess, but it has to be written.

Every author has to start somewhere and that happens to be the first draft.

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Ernest Hemingway

Writing is not easy.

I don’t recommend that you do major revision during the writing of your first draft. The temptation to stop and make major changes is constant, and it can drive you bats. And most of the time these changes aren’t the best thing for the story that’s trying to bubble up from your writer’s mind.
James Scott Bell

The first draft needs to be written. Worrying about editing at this stage is not going to help anything.

The less time you devote to making every word perfect in the first couple of drafts the less painful future cuts and revisions will be.
Martha Alderson

Agonizing over the style at this point is going to do no good.

The story just has to be written.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. And it won’t be.

It just needs to be written.

Keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard.
Marissa Meyer

Imagination is one of the most important thing in writing.

You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.
Neil Gaiman

When writing the first draft the thing is getting it written. If it’s not written there is no story, no nothing.

The story just needs to be written.

Writing the first draft of anything is difficult, but we are not alone in the difficulty.

All authors have trouble with writing. It seems to come with the job, but the first draft is a necessary.

Just remember that writing the first draft is an amazing path of discovery. We go from having nothing to having a story, it might not be a masterpiece,  but it is a story that you wrote.

And that in and of itself is absolutely amazing.

We have to remember that the first draft is difficult, and we have to help each other through that time. If you have any advice about writing first drafts I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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