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Utopia Editing and Ghostwriting's Thoughts on Whether You Should Hate Your First Draft...
Anne Lamott, national bestseller of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, actually has a chapter dedicated to first drafts. Want to know what it's called? "Shitty First Drafts!" (Find it on Amazon here.)
"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts."
-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
“Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.”
So Should Authors Hate Their First Drafts?
But the crux of the matter is this:
YOU WILL NOT LEARN HOW TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER IF YOU DO NOT WRITE.
And for so many, the terror of that "shitty first draft" (or second, or third) keeps them from writing, or leads them to read and reread that first chapter, to revise and be full of self-loathing and self-doubt and generally just forget the reason why they got into fiction book writing altogether--because it's supposed to be enjoyable.
A certain level of confidence--nay, childish excitement--is vital for those beginning to explore the world in which their new book takes place. There is no room for hatred.
And when the time is right to have another pair of eyes on it, make sure that it is someone who will tell you the truth, whether that be a partner, fellow author, beta reader or professional editor (like me!). They should highlight the good and the areas that need work, so that you can feel confident in the end result. But never should you feel "hatred" for your book or give heed to any needlessly negative critique from someone else.
...And if all else fails, write a sex scene or blow something up! :)