Defeating Resistance: The Magical First Draft

Don't sweat the end product; just start your first draft.

Several weeks ago I introduced you to a few favorite games I play to trick myself out of resistance. Here’s another one: The First Draft.

Are you…

  • trying to get your online shop listings done, but don’t know where to start? Start with a first draft.
  • procrastinating on that “slightly-out-of-your-comfort-zone” email query? Start with a first draft.
  • plotting a blog post, but not quite sure how to put your ideas together? Start with a first draft.

Writing isn’t your thing? Not a problem.

Your first draft could be the disjointed mashup of colors on canvas that become the perfect background to your masterpiece. It could be the impromptu snapshot you took with your point & shoot that inspires the series, or the placement of random scraps of fabric that spurs a new color palette.

The first draft is innocuous: it holds no obligations or baggage, and it pays little attention to the end result. You never even have to move it further if you don’t want to.

But, once you have one, you have something to work with – an easy starting point you can refine into a finished product. That’s one step further ahead than you were before.

The first draft is a friendly way to move through resistance.

Is there one calling you today?

7 thoughts on “Defeating Resistance: The Magical First Draft

  1. Stephanie…. you have perfect timing :) I have a big art project that I have been…. putting off. Doing research and gathering inspiration. I am going to start today… I will start a “first draft”.
    Thank you!

  2. This is a great post. I love this quote “The first draft is innocuous: it holds no obligations or baggage, and it pays little attention to the end result.” So true. Sometimes I get so stuck on what I want the end result to be I paralyze myself, unable to actually start working on the freaking project. Focusing on the first draft is a much better way to operate.

    1. Thank you Tivi!

      I know the analysis-by-paralysis phase well; I often use the 1st draft to trick myself out of it. It’s much less intimidating than the perfect end product that’s been building up in my head. : )

  3. I totally agree. I actually am muttering under my breath ‘it’s just a rough draft, it’s just a rough draft’ as I start any intimidating project.

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