I finished my first draft! Hooray!! Yes, it took me longer than I originally anticipated. Life has a funny way of getting in the way. Between out of town guests and month long illnesses, there were many days I was unable to sit in front of the computer and get to work.
That said, I did keep tally on the days I wrote–and while I wasn’t consistent, on the days I could write I did very well. It took roughly 18 days to complete my first draft. And right there is the proof that plotting is the better way to go.
I’m sharing this for two reasons:
#1 — I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT!!
#2 — First drafts are exactly what the Terry Pratchett quote states. They’re a map for you to get from point A to point B.
I know a lot of people are working on NaNo right now, and if you’re one of those people I would like to say, good job! And remember, just finish.
It doesn’t matter who well written the first draft is, only that it’s done.