Confession: Your first draft is always crap. . . There are nuggets of gold/diamond in the pieces, but they really need to be cleaned, and re-polished. . .
My first of novel I wrote a paranormal-drama about a girl who could see and talked to ghosts. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo. . . it was simply to see if I could write 50,000 in one month. I think I ended with 52,000 or 53,000 words when I was done. However that was not the end of the book; I finished writing it the next NaNoWriMo. It ended with 160,000 words. . . I have still yet to completely edit it. I have learned I am an over-writer. My first draft will always have too much.
I look back now and go “D@mn what the *BEEP* did I write?”
I have noticed that parts of it are therapy, just venting against people I know.
There are parts where it seem to go on and on and have nothing to do with the main story-line.
I had a crushes on one of my side characters and put him in way more than he needed to be. Worst part is his is a frickle, artistic jerk, but I loved his look.
I know I need to vent and wine less and show more suspense.
When I rewrite and edit, I plan to cut a lot and focus more on the story of the ghost and less on a whiny girl.
It was my first draft and I finished NaNoWriMo two years in a row because of it so it is an accomplishment. It is just not finished yet.
I have never had a first draft without missing words, spelling mistakes, or grammar errors.
I mean how can I not make a mistake when my characters are telling their stories, my muses are trying the twists and turns. . . the “OMG” moments. Then they both want to walk away from my outline and explore the path untraveled. They always seem to have ideas when I am exhausted or miserable.
I also rush when I write my first draft as that is when my inspiration hits me.
I’m also worried about my word count, especially when I write in November (NaNoWriMo).
Even on my blogs, I read and reread before I hit send to make sure things sound right, and I even miss things afterward. (It really irks me.)
I will problem have ten even twenty drafts of scenes and stories before I send it out to a publisher. I also cannot afford an editor at the moment.
If it is just for fun or with a friend, I will check once, maybe twice, because most of my co-writers understand my writing issues.
I am not perfect; therefore, my writing will not be perfect.