It’s been about a year since I started writing seriously. I’ve ‘finished’ five big first drafts in that time but have hesitated to publish anything. One of the reason is that I haven’t had the time or money to put into getting good edits done but the biggest reason is that every draft is a learning experience. Writing so much, then reading and revising, has taught me so much about the craft. Every time I look back at one of my early drafts I realize how far I’ve come. As I want my first published work to be the highest quality I’ve been focused on learning rather than publishing.
An excellent example is my Camp NaNo project. I hesitate to call it a ‘throw away’ novel but it didn’t have a lot of promise going into it. Whenever I get involved with NaNo I pick out one of my ideas that light, easy to write, and doesn’t have a lot of depth. The idea being that it should be easier to keep up the high word count daily. If it sucks, no big deal, it’s just for fun (I’m even posting it on Wattpad as it gets written). However, even with the not-so-serious premise and some edits I know I need to make, I can still see how far I’ve come in the last year. Even writing something I’m not that invested in, the quality of the writing has improved dramatically.
While I still consider myself a student of the craft, it’s awesome to see the difference.
If you’re curious, it’s available on Wattpad (and getting closer to completion every day). Feel free to leave comments or critiques, I’m always looking for feedback.