What is Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch

Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch

Surviving First Drafts – Motivation & Advice for the Art of Writing

NoNoWriMo, anyone?

I know I’ll be taking on the 50K words challenge! As a first timer, I’m looking for all the advice I can get on NaNo and writing in general. Here’s where Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch comes in.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might recognize her name – she’s the author of the Ignite Series (expect a review on the first book) as well as other YA and NA novels. Now, using her own experience, she has created a guidebook on writing.

Here’s the synopsis:

A rough first draft is like an opinion: everyone has one, few are pleasant, and most people should think twice before airing it to the public without considering their words a second time. Everyone knows first drafts suck. They’re a headache to write, and don’t even get me started on the mess of grammar there is to sort through during revisions! But, unfortunately, they’re unavoidable.

But there’s no need to pull out all of your hair in frustration! You, like so many authors before, can conquer the first draft, and this book is here to help you survive the most grueling stage of the writing process. Learn about the five stages of first draft grief and how to overcome them. Discover what style of writer you are. Know when to ignore temptation from shiny new ideas and when to give in. Condition yourself not to fear the blank page and look forward to revisions.

With a healthy dose of motivation and advice, Surviving First Drafts will equip you with all the tools you need to make it to the end of your manuscript, no matter how bleak the journey ahead looks. YOU GOT THIS!

Why I think this book could be useful for NaNoWriMo participants and writers in general?

Erica is not only a writer; cofounder of Patchwork Press (an indie publishing collective) and Weapenry, she is also head of editorial services and design and has over fifty projects to her name.

Surviving First Drafts is available on amazon as an e-book and you can buy it here; an audiobook version will be available soon and you can hear an excerpt here.

Want to talk about NaNoWriMo and exchange ideas?

Join my facebook group – CatMint5’s Funky Monkeys, and don’t forget to add me as a buddy on the NaNaWriMo site; my user name is – surprise, surprise! – CatMint5.

Want to know more about Erica?

You can read a bit about her at the end of this blog post.

3 thoughts on “What is Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch

  1. Have you actually read any of this book though? I find lots of people tend to recommend books like this and then they haven’t even read them… It’s hard to find the good books with things like this tbh


    1. Good point and no, but Erica has given me (and other people) amazing advice on more than one occasion during chats and I’m not talking just about the general advice pretty much everyone who writes can gives; I mean tips I had not heard/read elsewhere.

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