Why I Chose to Write the First Draft of a Book

Like I (admittedly vaguely) mentioned in Introduction/First Post, last year in my English class I was given an assignment where I got to write a short story of 8 pages but found it limiting. For the assignment we were told to pick a decade or year and choose a way to tell a story in that time period, and the only part I didn’t like was that it had to be grounded firmly in reality.

I love it when I can involve magic and sci-fi and anything that wouldn’t normally happen in the real world. I even used to go through a small period of slight depression when I put down a book/book series that was even the slightest bit magical because my life would never be that great. I’d never have some grand adventure with magic or aliens or time travel, and I would always get so sad when I’d remember that. Heck, I’m still upset I never went to Hogwarts.

But when I write it’s almost like I can go on those adventures after all through the characters I create. I am the god of the endless worlds I can create and explore through typing and changing words on a screen, and I love it so much. The only problem I have with that is I can never write. The scariest and most beautiful thing in the world to me is a blank word document, the cursor blinking and judging me silently. I’m always afraid that what I write will end up being terrible, and that I’ll get discouraged halfway through and give up.

That’s why I chose not even to write a book for my 20% project, but instead to write the first draft of a book. Never has the first draft of anything been published and become a best seller. First drafts change and become better second drafts, and those become even better third drafts. I don’t have to be scared that what I write will be horrible because I know that’s what a first draft is supposed to be. I can explore the story I’ve been itching to write and have all the freedom to change anything and everything I want to.

Even this page is currently a first draft subject to change.