What is the first draft and what do I do after I write it?

Deanna Martinez
Jan 5, 2019 · 2 min read

If you are reading this article, it means that you are a writer or want to become one.

Congratulations on following your writing dreams! So many people desire to write and never get around to actually doing it.

Let’s talk about the first draft of your book. What is the first draft? It is the original manuscript. You may be thinking… Now that I have written my book it is ready to be submitted to agents and publishers. Well…hold on just a minute. Before you click send, print out your pages and let them sit on your desk for a day or three. Yup… just let them sit there staring you in the face.

After a few days go back, begin to read your book. Have a red pen handy because there are going to be story, grammatical and spelling changes that you are going to make.

After you read through your book, mark your changes and then apply them to your computer document. After this step is complete you have two choices:

  • Move forward with your submissions
  • Have someone else proofread it for you

To answer the question that I proposed at the beginning of this article…What is the first draft, it is just that, the FIRST draft, not the final copy.

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