When writing a novel, the hardest part of the process as an amateur writer is undoubtedly the writing of drafts. It’s already hard enough to allow your story to come to life, but the people’s unrealistic assumptions about what a draft should look like make it even harder. Here are some of the wildest assumptions about first drafts:
A draft should contain the proper structure and plot.
A draft should be perfectly written.
A draft should have the right grammar, spelling, verb tense, etc.
Good drafts do not need any revisions.
Successful and experienced authors write first drafts as perfect as the final revision.
You should write a novel because you owe it to your dreams. You owe it to your younger self who still continues to imagine himself when signing books. As we all know, time is running out for all of us. It’s only a matter of time before we wait in our death bed with regrets of the past. As of the moment, you are creating history. You don’t want to look back and realize that you haven’t done anything in your life worth remembering. You don’t want to sit on your front porch admiring children for their youth. Don’t be like most people who only dream but don’t have the guts to turn it into action.
According to my orthopedist, the best exercise or physical therapy for scoliosis is swimming. Physical, strenuous activities that involve bending your back like weightlifting and sit-ups are NOT ALLOWED. He also recommended a therapy exercise where I would stretch my back for 10 minutes on each side on my bedpost every night. Moreover, he strongly advised me to be wary of my posture in everything I do especially in sitting (for long hours), standing, and walking. Because the degrees were so high, he urged me to wear a Milwaukee brace for two whole years.
If you’re planning to write your book and push through with it, you’re subjecting yourself to vulnerability against forces beyond your control. Contrary to popular belief, writing a book is not easy. It isn’t some side hustle that you can opt to do on your free time and guarantee a best-selling book. Frustrated, you’re going to suffer late nights squeezing your head about organizing your plot or finishing a chapter you took so long to conceptualize. You’re going to encounter several dilemmas and suffer an existential crisis more usually now. You’re going to face the ceiling convincing yourself how this is all a bad idea and you should just give up.
It’s perfectly normal to want to tell the whole world about your dream and your excitement to make it happen. It’s okay to tell people about your experiences and the hardships you had to overcome to reach this point. But always remember to work hard for yourself and not for the satisfaction of other people’s expectations. You must train yourself not to allow your self-esteem to be fully dependent on others. You don’t need to always show off you people to constantly praise you for your hard work.