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Writing Mantras for Your First Draft

 The Notes You Have


How about some writing mantras?

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts helps writers know what draft they’re in. The first, or “messy draft,” is about writing as many words as you can before showing it to anyone else. Before you go back and revise it. Before you second guess yourself. It’s about putting the “creative” back into writing.

Generating new material so recklessly can be hard sometimes, but: Never fear.

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts provides writing mantras for each draft, helping writers remember which draft they’re in. Read the book for more help on powering through your messy draft.

If you want instant gratification, however, download the Book Architecture Draft One Mantras. Courtesy of our Colorado office, these fourteen images are easily installed as your Desktop Background for your Mac or PC. Then let these writing mantras guide you, nudge you, speak to you, and inspire you. Oh and you have to write, too.

The Most Important Writing Mantra of All

This may sound like a ruse, but I really believe it. And it is phrased in a way that doesn’t even make sense, so that’s how you can be sure it’s authentic:

Writing with joy

If you have (or find) joy, you’re golden. If you don’t, nothing is going to go as well as it could.

Can you write your way into joy? Sure. 

But we might also ask: What would I write about that would bring me joy? And how might I write that would be the most enjoyable?