So, if you’re following me on any social media, you’re probably aware that I’m now finished with yet another first draft in Duke’s Brand. It has been quite the wild ride, filled with a lot of hard work and late nights but I did it again. I wanted to talk a little bit about my first drafting experience since quite a few people have asked me about it. For me, it has felt like I took forever on this draft. For everyone else, it looks like I blitz through it at the speed of light. Either way, I’m suffering what I have officially coined as Post First Draft Syndrome ™.
What is Post First Draft Syndrome ™? It’s both excitement and sadness after finishing a first draft. It starts as complete excitement. You did it! You finished your first draft! Hurrah! Then, it slowly goes into mild paranoia. You start backing up the first draft everywhere in existence, realizing the editing work that’s going to have to go into it, start collecting beta readers for the next draft, worrying about every flaw in the first draft ever that you can think of off the top of your head!! etc. By the end of the first few hours, your exciting experience of finishing a first draft is now a conflicting war of emotions where you as the author feel like you’re being torn asunder. So, now I’m here, blogging (sorry for the lateness because I’ve been working obviously) talking about it.
So, how do I deal with it? As you know, I’m…. a bit of a workaholic. When I’m not doing anything productive, I get kinda angsty thus the beginning of my Post First Draft Syndrome ™ to settle in at full power. If I have anyone else like me, I have a few tips to help you get through it. The first being relax! You just finished a first draft, dude, celebrate. Kick back, enjoy yourself, give yourself a vacation (even if it’s a week or so). Don’t jump into editing or writing another draft. Just relax. Give yourself some time to recharge. The work is going to be there when you get back. You have a lot to do already. It’s better to just chill and enjoy your accomplishment.
After that, if you’re anything like me, work on something other than writing on or after your vacation. Work on your social media platforms, read your TBR, catch up on some other media such as video games or anime, just try to recharge yourself. Your mind is still going to be in work mode. Already today, I opened the file and remembered I’m not working on it anymore. I gotta force myself to sit down and enjoy the time I have off. Yes, this is my job, but I gotta keep myself at top shape going forward. It’s time for me to enjoy other things for a while before jumping into the next project. So, right now, I’m focusing also on working on my health and getting my mind back centered. It’s the best I can manage to do right now.
Thanks for all the support I’ve gotten for Duke’s Brand and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I love writing it when it’s finally released. I’m going to go watch some anime now. I hope you guys have a good day and I see you guys next Thursday.
Have a wonderful week,
Deston J. Munden