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Chipping Away at a First Draft

I’m currently chipping away at a first draft. It’s a contracted Love Inspired book, and I love the story. The middle chapters aren’t coming together smoothly for me, though, and I’m not writing as many words each day as I want to.

That’s okay. I’m used to this. I typically have to fight for the words at this point in the book, and I’ll have to fight for them in later chapters, too.

To keep the first draft from stalling out, I write every weekday. Sometimes I don’t meet my word count goal (Monday comes to mind!), and sometimes I exceed it. I try not to get mad at myself on the days I come up short.

Part of being a writer is accepting that there will be good and bad writing days. Some books will be harder to write than others. Some writing seasons are busier than others. Sometimes my schedule is so packed I can’t fit another thing into it, and I’m still excited to write. Other times my schedule has nothing on it, and I struggle to even open my laptop, let alone get my word count in.

One thing I’m sure of? Being consistent gets me through a first draft. I write through the what-in-the-world-needs-to-happen-in-this-scene until I know exactly what has to happen next. Each and every day.

All part of the process.

If you’re a writer, are you chipping away at a first draft? Revising? Plotting? I’d love to hear how you’re getting through!


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Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. Jill, you can totally do this!

    I’m chipping away at edits for a client and also squeezing in some brainstorming/writing on my own projects. I have one story in the characterizations and outlining/plotting phase and another on draft three. Yet, I can only fit them in if I meet my page-count goals for editing. Talk about great motivation!

    I hope your writing goes well the rest of this week!

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