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Why You Should Always Try to Finish Your Draft Novel #AmWriting

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You’ve been working on the latest draft of your novel for weeks and it feels like such a hard slog. My goodness you never expected things to get this tough!

This is when the idea of not finishing it becomes so attractive.

Maybe you should walk away?

Maybe your inability to finish the draft is a sign from the universe you should work on that new shiny idea which has been flirting with you for ages?

Maybe you should leave it for a couple of weeks? Months? Or even an undefined period of time?

Maybe it’s so hard because you are trying to create something which isn’t there?

You decide to give up on your draft. Your writer demons cheer you on from the sidelines as you decide to leave the latest draft and start something else. Writer demons can be a supportive bunch when you decide to walk away from stuff.


Here’s a list of reasons why you should ALWAYS finish your draft:

By not finishing the draft of your novel you are creating your own form of personal hell. Trust me on this – unfinished drafts can leave you feeling frustrated and bitter. They will leave you with a sense of unease and that can go on for years.

Each draft serves a purpose. The more stories you write and revise you will see this process in action. Initial drafts are simply about extracting the story from your brain. Once it is out and on paper you will use further drafts to work on character, plot and settings.

The future you will not thank you for handing them something unfinished or incomplete. View the future you as the next person in a relay race. Your draft novel is the baton and this needs to be handed over to the future you to take forward. Would you want to be handed your unfinished draft in its current state?

You will always wonder – ‘what would have happened if I had got to the end of that story I worked so hard on? Where would I be now? What would have happened to it?

The further you get into a draft the more things you discover. It’s like there are pieces of buried treasure in each draft and it is up to you, the story explorer, to find them.

The feeling of accomplishment is amazing and you shouldn’t deprive yourself from experiencing this wonderful surge of tingles. This is what is keeping me going.

So wave at your writer demons and carry on.

Have a fab day!

7 comments on “Why You Should Always Try to Finish Your Draft Novel #AmWriting

  1. Oh, I need to get back to that draft!

  2. I agree! I’ve gone back to a draft I left 3 years ago and spent 3 weeks revising and restructuring. Can’t wait to go again!

  3. Lindsey Russell

    With ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey playing in the background how can I disagree? As long as it’s finished no matter how tatty it is editable. Very hard to go back to something unfinished after a long break – bringing back those abandoned characters is like trying to raise the dead 🙂

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  5. I’ve been away from my favorite writers on here too long. Hi Lucy! I super needed this post; I’ve been picking and fussing with chapters in my manuscript on and off. My character is still there, like a old friend I haven’t reached out to in a while. Hope you’re well!

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