26. Give yourself permission to write a "crappy" first draft.
I had a really hard time accepting this concept when I first started writing because, in my mind, I wanted everything to be perfect the first time! I just knew that I could complete my novel the first go ‘round effortlessly, but this was obviously not the case. While in college, I learned to L O V E the drafting process. I found that if you do it right, your work just keeps getting better and better each time you do it. I equate drafting with wine...the longer you let it sit (or in our case actually draft), the better it becomes. This, to me, takes some of the pressure off being “perfect”. Allow yourself to write a “bad” first draft initially, and then go back and make that thing POP! Hindsight is always 20/20. When I write, sometimes, I include stuff that I know won’t be in the actual book, but it keeps me focused. Remember, writing a great book takes time, so don’t rush it.