The First Time Is The Hardest

Posted by on September 8, 2016

McKella Sawyer

The first time you do anything is usually the hardest.

I reminded myself of this over and over again as I wrote and edited my first novel. I didn’t have the process (or MY process) figured out yet. I hadn’t done it before, so I doubted that I could do it at all. I didn’t know how to figure out the snags in my story or how to “see” my whole plot with my visual brain.

But I did it! I’m in the final editing stages and I’m drafting query letters for agents (which is a completely different first time hard thing). Now that I know I CAN write a book, I’ve started another one, and it’s going a lot more smoothly than that first book.

I now know how to plot a novel. I have planning tricks that work for my very visual brain (I’ll share those in a later post!), and I have a much better handle on the craft in general. Every book I write will be different, but now I have to tools and I understand the process. I’m glad that first attempt is over!

If you’re trying something for the first time or learning a new skill, remember that it’s going to be hard in the beginning. When you start a new creative endeavor like learning to paint, writing a book, or creating a big craft project for the first time, it’s going to be weird and awkward and seem so. Freaking. Hard.

Soon, it will start to feel easier.

The basic things that you really had to concentrate on in the beginning will become second nature. You’ll start to lay down a watercolor wash without even thinking about it. You’ll be a plot brainstorming pro. Your sentences will be smoother.

Have faith that you’ll get better. Remember,  the whole purpose of the first try to just to figure it out. If the project ends up being a success, great! If not, it was a learning experience to set you up for more successful projects later on.

Embrace the messiness!

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