Kaijune 27 (and finishing those projects)

A turtley awesome kaiju for Kaijune this morning. This fella used to be an introvert, he was a shell of his former self. But now he’s come out of his shell.

He’s got a brother, they share the same mother, but the father was a porcupine. Now, if you cross a porcupine and a turtle you get a right slowpoke.

Oh, dear god, stop me.

Just three more kaiju and we’re done with this series. I shall miss these monsters.

I get told, quite often, I work hard when other writers see the graft I put into the fears. Honestly, I feel do work hard. But the big difference I find between myself and other writers is, I finish my drafts and projects. Then move on.

I’ll mash out stories all the time. My current ratio is writing 12 stories and discarding 6 of them. Of the 6 I keep, at least 3 need work before anyone’s going to read and groan at them. There are some days when I write and keep all 12 stories. There are other days when I write 12 shite stories and discard them all.

I take this approach with everything. Get stuff made first, discard the bad bits, keep the good bits. Then move on.

I say this because I’m still reading blogs I was reading 15 years ago, and their authors still haven’t finished their books first draft. I get, life’s hard, writings hard, but get the damn draft finished. You’re probably not going to keep half of it anyway, right?

What is it they say?

The purpose of a first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.

Get your darned drafts finished people.

A little something that might help. A free course on Skillshare, Bring Characters to Life in Your Writing: Describing Traits, Actions, and Thoughts.

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24 thoughts on “Kaijune 27 (and finishing those projects)”

  1. I wish I have learned about the “draft” thing early on. I have only been introduced to this concept lately, and well — I’d probably have more finished things.

    Thankfully, I am slowly incorporating this now, and will get to getting more garbage story done. But, at least it is done, and I have gotten more practice in.

    Thank you for the turtle, and the wisdom.


    1. Oof. Drafts are so important. Like I say in the post. I discard so so many stories, had I actually wasted tim trying to get them all off the ground, I’d never actually finish everything. Good luck to you!


    1. Cheers, Melanie. If you’re having trouble putting it to paper, write a brief start, middle and end. A few lines for each. Expand on it with 500 words a day until you have a complete draft. Then write the book, haha.


  2. Reminds me of the cartoon where the Muse is pointing a gun at the writer (The Muse we really need). Yeah, I need to get off my ass and finish my draft one way or another instead of fiddling around with the bits I’ve finished, eternally re-writing.


    1. Ooof, yeah. I still go through go-slow phases, But I know in every time I slow down, it’s best to finish the draft. Even if it’s trash. I can dissect and edit later. Just plough on and unlock those mental brakes.


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