10 Rules For Writing First Drafts

This post will be short but, an important reminder. It’s prompted by the fact that I’m writing the first draft of my women’s fiction novel.


So, this is as much for kicking my butt as it is for kicking your butt!


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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts
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Now for the other important link…You should hop over to Kate MacNicol’s blog for tips on time management called The Pomodoro Technique. If you haven’t heard of this technique or have but are not implementing it, please take a look. It’s touted as the best TM practice by the Wall Street Journal.

I bought the book after reading Kate’s post. It will be here in a few days – perfect timing! But Kate’s basic description will get me started NOW!

It can work for you, too.

Please do let me know what you think in the comments. Hearing from you always makes me smile!


Marcia Richards, sexy, smart and strong



  1. Diana Douglas  September 19, 2013

    Great advice! Particularly the part about barricading the door.
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    • Marcia Richards  September 19, 2013

      Yeah, I love that one, too, Diana. It’s so necessary for me to have a way to say “Let me alone til I’m done.” in a nice way. Closing myself off from the rest of the house is my way. I hope it can work for you to get the quiet time you need.
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  2. Marcia Richards  September 14, 2013

    I’ll bet you’re looking forward to that day, Donna! Thanks for coming by!
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  3. Donna@Gardens Eye View  September 14, 2013

    Wonderful advice I shall heed when I finally get started…
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  4. Marcia Richards  September 12, 2013

    Oh Inion and Mathair I look forward to your book! And my daughter loves that combo of genres! Good luck on your drafts and thanks for the good wishes on mine.
    By the way, I’m just like you ladies, have to be secluded and in my chair to focus and get it done. πŸ™‚

  5. Patricia Sands  September 12, 2013

    I’m going to print out that poster when I can back home to Toronto. We are in France for a month now and I’m working on a first draft and doing research, so your timing could not have been better! I’m wishing you luck with your writing! Can’t wait to read it!
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    • Marcia Richards  September 12, 2013

      Oh, Patricia, how are things in France?! I imagine its lovely this time if year. And what an inspiring place to write your next book about Katherine! Enjoy the breads you love and think of me when you indulge in French chocolates. Thanks for the good wishes on my writing. Sending you hugs and inspiration to power you through your drafts!
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  6. Inion N. Mathair  September 12, 2013

    Good luck on your first draft, Marcia. We’ll be waiting on pins and needles for the book. We’re currently editing our YA Mystery/Paranormal/Romance, Nightwalkers: The Secret of Jessup, and no… it’s not about vampires. πŸ˜‰ The deadline’s looming, so we’ll definitely be implementing your first draft rules, if you don’t mind. More specifically 1 & 8. LOL.
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  7. K.B. Owen  September 12, 2013

    Love this, Marcia! And I am living the “I can clean up this mess later” part. I’m more of an editing type of writer, so first drafts drive me batty. So much angst. So much procrastination. So much time. I have to keep reminding myself to just write the dang thing…I can’t fix a blank screen!

    Good luck with your first draft!
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    • Marcia Richards  September 12, 2013

      Oh, I hear you, Kathy! I’m always so tempted to go back over every scene, tweaking, correcting”, adding stuff. The Pomodoro technique helps o much. It makes you do one thing at a time – write, read emails, get active on SM, edit. Then you have short breaks to clear your head and do something totally different. Then back to work on your task til you accomplish your objective for that day. I highly recommend the book, if it sounds like something that would work for you or someone you know.
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  8. Kate MacNicol  September 11, 2013

    I’m in the same boat as Angela— letters from a lunatic. LOL My first drafts are such a mess and it’s gratifying to know it’s ok:)

    This is such a great list, I think I’ll copy it and put in on my bulletin board for my next book.

    Thanks for the link-love. I think the Pomodoro Technique covers one and two on this list rather nicely. Let me know how you’re doing with it Marcia. Great post!

    • Marcia Richards  September 11, 2013

      Mine are a mess, too, in a different way. But they work for me. So far so good on the Pomodoro technique. The book arrived today and I’ve already dived in. Loving it! Thanks, Kate!

  9. Pamela Mason  September 11, 2013

    Sharing this with my writer’s group on Facebook, thanks!
    Good luck with the womens’ fic – I’m writing my own.
    Thanks for the time mgmt recommendation.

  10. Angela Orlowski-Peart  September 11, 2013

    My first drafts sometimes read like letters from a lunatic, so I’m guessing I’m on right track πŸ™‚

    Heading over to Kate’s blog now! Thank you for great recommendation, dear Marcia πŸ™‚
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