I love first drafts. Its like staring at a blank canvas with so many possibilities. First drafts are an opportunity to freely create that masterpiece with only fleeting thoughts of what is acceptable. This is where many writers get caught up in the details. Yes they are important. I would never discount what details can do for a story. However, when the details keep your mind running around in the same circle, no progress is made. It is with progress that the pages become filled, worlds are built and stories are told.
How can one enjoy a the labor of love when the ending feels like a daunting task hung over our shoulders weighing down out hearts and our minds. Creativity comes from exploring the what ifs. It is the catalyst urging writers to play out the symphony of their characters, the challenges of the plot, the lessons that must be learned by all parties involved.
In a first draft, writers should take risks, explore the limits of their minds, challenge the rules governing their writing. Take a chance, view the world from as many angles as possible. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box or inside of another characters head. You may find half way through a story that perspectives change, don’t be upset if the story’s POV changes. While it may mean work in the future to adjust what has been written, keep in mind that it is just another step in the process.
Put these negative thoughts out of the mind. First drafts are suppose to be fun. Infinite possibilities to use and abuse the characters. Put them through the ringer with every plot twist and turn. Be okay with not knowing where it will begin or end. Feel free to randomly fill thing in in the middle. Its only a first draft. Give yourself permission to be open to everything and allow your canvas to be filled.
This should be the easy part.. Leave the heartache, worry, and panic for the next step, editing.