As writers, we often find ourselves striving for perfection, especially during the initial stages of drafting our books. The pressure to create a flawless first draft can be paralyzing, leaving us stuck in a cycle of self-editing and doubt.

But here’s the truth: the first draft is meant to be messy. It’s your opportunity to unleash your creativity without the constraints of perfectionism.


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Tip 1: Embrace Imperfection

Give yourself permission to write badly. Accept that your first draft will be far from perfect, and that’s okay. Allow yourself to make mistakes, explore different ideas, and take risks with your writing. Remember, you can always revise and refine your work later.


Tip 2: Silence Your Inner Critic

The voice of our inner critic can be loud and relentless, but it’s essential to silence it during the drafting process. Resist the urge to self-edit as you write and instead focus on getting your ideas down on paper. Practice self-compassion and remind yourself that every writer faces doubts and struggles.


Tip 3: Set Realistic Expectations

Understand that writing a book is a journey, and the first draft is just the beginning. Set realistic expectations for yourself and acknowledge that writing takes time. Celebrate small victories along the way and trust in your ability to bring your vision to life.


Tip 4: Embrace the Messiness

Writing is a messy, nonlinear process, and that’s part of its beauty. Embrace the messiness of creativity and allow yourself to explore different paths and ideas. Remember, the first draft is your chance to play and experiment without judgment.


In the end, overcoming perfectionism in your first draft is about embracing the creative process and trusting in your abilities as a writer. By giving yourself permission to write imperfectly, silencing your inner critic, setting realistic expectations, and embracing the messiness of creativity, you can unlock your true potential and bring your stories to life.

So go ahead, dive into your writing with courage and conviction, knowing that your imperfect first draft is the first step towards greatness.




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Katelyn Silva is the author of eleven books, some under a pen name, with four #1 bestsellers. She has been both self and traditionally published and is the founder of We Write Books. She has helped hundreds, and specializes in guiding Christian mompreneurs to get clarity on their book idea, confidently write and publish a bestseller, and use it as a business tool to create impact, authority, and legacy. Katelyn is also a devoted wife and homeschooling mom. Explore more about Katelyn, check out any of her books or her clients’ books, view testimonials, and get free resources at

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