Ultimate First Draft Checklist: Secrets to Bestseller Success

Are you in the process of writing your first novel? Have you taken part in NaNoWriMo this year? Do you have a first draft written and ready for the next stage?

🎉That’s fabulous!  🎉 You’re at the perfect stage to take advantage of my Ultimate First Draft Checklist 

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You’re a new writer wanting to get your story published. I understand how overwhelming it is to have so many answers available at the end of a google search. There are a never-ending supply of people offering new writers and indie authors advice about what the rules of the wordsmith are. Some even seem to contradict one another!

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And that’s the thing, as a qualified editor myself and self-confessed bookworm, I’ve learned that these often touted rules are in fact only guidelines and opinions; they shouldn’t be followed blindly.

What’s next?

I wrote a post showing you the 4 steps to do After You’ve Written a Book and what tasks can be left for now. With that in mind, my Ultimate First Draft Checklist should be used when you assess your manuscript in step 2.

Before you jump into editing mode, read your book from start to finish. This is the second step in gaining perspective on your book. While it is time-consuming, it’ll save you countless hours in the long run because you’ll see exactly what you need to work on for your next draft.

As you read, ask yourself the following questions and take notes about what you find:

  • What’s missing?
  • What isn’t needed?
  • Which bits need rewriting?

In my Ultimate First Draft Checklist, I cover the 6 core aspects of any story:

  • Opening Scene/First Chapter
  • Characters and Dialogue
  • Plot and Conflict
  • Flow and Pacing
  • Setting and World-building
  • Writing Style

The questions on my checklist ultimately get you to answer the big question: Is my manuscript a best seller?

I understand that this step can be both exciting and a little terrifying. But I promise you, it is worth it!

…are you ready?

Receive my Ultimate First Draft Checklist now and start honing your story today!

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