Finished the first draft of my novel!

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, I’ve been a little busy with writing and studying. In case you didn’t read the title, I just finished the first draft of my novel!

Yes, after almost a year and a half I can finally say that I’ve finished another step towards becoming a writer! And this was a big step!

This was the deciding step on whether I had what it took to be a writer. Sure, I’m not published yet but being able to even finish a first draft already puts me in the top 10% of Writer’s!

Writing this first draft has taught me a lot about my craft. These are a few points that I’m going to remember when writing my next novel

Consistent writing 

This was the biggest downfall with writing my novel; not writing consistently!

Stuff happens and we often tend to forget or put off our writing but if it happens often enough then you can start to lose motivation for your story. This is one of the biggest killers of unfinished novels. They stay locked away in a computer waiting for someone to come along and finish writing them.

Consistency will not only help you to finish your novel in the most efficient timeframe possible but it will also give you a clearer picture of where you want your story to go.

Use your imagination

When I first started storyboarding my novel idea, I tried to control every single scene and every little piece of dialogue. But let me tell you something, you might be writing your story but you don’t have control over it!

This might sound weird or even corny to some people but you’re telling the story to yourself just as much as the audience. Stop trying to control the story and let it flow naturally.

One of the best skills you can have is to write with your subconscious. What I mean by this is to be able to write without thinking about the words.


Reading is one of the most important things you can do to help your novel! Reading anything will help more than you realise but it’s always good to read a lot of similar work to your own for inspiration.

Being inspired by your favourite novelists isn’t plagiarism. Copying their work word for word, now that would be plagiarism.


Writing a novel is probably the biggest challenge that I’ve ever set myself but now that I’ve finished my first draft I can now see the end goal and it feels great!

To anyone struggling to finish their first drafts, let me tell you this; it’s worth it! Finishing your first draft is one of the best feelings and it is definitely worth the fight!

-Chris Gutteridge




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