Dear Future Author: 1st Draft

(whispers) “NO ONE sees this version.” Rarely does anything great start off beautiful. Having said that, writing is indeed a process. The key in your 1st draft is to get words on paper, let your thoughts flow. As hard as it may be, don’t get too caught up with spelling or sentence structure. Allow yourself a bit of grace to make mistakes.

In telling yourself the story first, be detailed. Consider what you felt during an experience. Consider your reactions. Describe your environment. What was the weather like? What were you wearing?

Also, don’t worry about writing too much at this point. Write your heart out. In this case, it really is better to have too much, than not have enough and then find yourself scramming to come up with more content.


Kocysha LaShaun has been writing since a child and acquired a love for editing as a college student. She is a 4x self-published author and co-author of four books, having served as Writing Coach/Editor for two anthology projects.

She offers services as a Self-Publishing Coach-Consultant and Editor. She’s facilitated two writing workshops (stay tuned for the next one coming March 2023) focused on “The Six Keys to Writing” to help authors establish an organized structure.

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