Writing a draft is reasonably interesting in the sense that it gives room for corrections and total verification –
I’d rather use confirmation. But along the way, there are certain obvious mistakes a lot of writers make that is not just about encouraging. When writing a draft,
Share It Online: I know, it’s tempting because you might fall so much in love with your story that you might want to share it on a group, page, forum or a social app. The comments and likes is usually encouraging that we forget we want to write what the world has not seen and continue sharing drafts in form of short stories. Along the line, you could get your work plagiarized or portioned out in the internet. Truth is when your “Big Story” comes out, it won’t get the publicity and push it needs from you and your readers.
Don’t Give It: It’s a draft, not a manuscript yet. Giving your draft to anyone could spark up negative criticisms that could make you give up on the “Big Story.” Often times you might hear, “It’s okay, but something like this has happened before.” Or when your critic wants you to react, he/she might say, “you made too much mistakes, see? errors.” These comments are pen killers, not pain killers.
Don’t Dump It: If you dump a story, you might never finish it. I’ve said something like this before, here. Don’t let the world or circumstances give you reasons to abandon a story. Anyone could write, there are no bad writers, just young, inexperienced writers, and the young shall grow. The thing is to just read a lot and write a lot. Don’t lose momentum while writing, keep going.
Don’t combine Drafts: This is a self-conscious decision that obviously indicates laziness. Avoid it, don’t merge your newly titled draft with an untitled thing you have written months back. You should only do it if it’s the same story, with the determination to review the whole draft thoroughly. You wouldn’t want to merge Peter Pan with Oliver Twist just because you have a new title called, “Oliver Pan or Peter Twist.”
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Don’t Jump To The End: There are no quick stories except Flash Fiction, why rush?. Don’t jump to the end of a story. If you do, you’d be forcing your characters to fit in from the beginning of the story. You are supposed to allow your characters evolve as you write, give them the autonomy to do that and you’d write a story all writers would not criticize.
In conclusion, this is not just what you shouldn’t do to a draft but your story itself. On a second valid thought, your story is your draft and vice versa. Don’t mess with the your draft, it’s your “BIG” story’s foundation.
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