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.

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    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!

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    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.

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  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.

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    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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