Getting Through the First Draft

Eshelle Butler was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in Marketing Communications and Journalism. She also has a background in music. In addition to being an Author, she is also a Poet, Screenwriter, and Blogger. Eshelle is divorced and has one child and currently resides in a small town outside of Chicago Illinois.
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Hey there and happy Sunday. I have been having a hell of a time trying to finish the first draft of my next book. It’s been a challenge now since I began a new relationship, started a new job and moved into a new apartment last year. These were all blessings that I wanted but now I must learn how to manage my time better to get the book finished. When I started “The Sacrifice” last year, I intended to have the first draft completed by the Fall then the Fall turned into the end of the year but as you can see, it’s a new year and the first draft is still not finished. Time stands still for no one….
I’m close, I’m oh so close to finishing it but every time I think about all the work it will take to go back and read what I wrote, edit it and polish it, I feel like I am racing against time. I then must find a professional editor to really make it good enough to submit to potential literary agents who could help me shop around for a traditional publisher. Yes, I said it, a traditional publisher. I will not be self -publishing this novel because I didn’t like the results of the last two books. Sales could be so much better. So, it may be awhile before you get to read it. The process is long and tedious but necessary if I ever plan to reach my goals as an Author.
The first draft is the first step and I am a bit of a perfectionist now, so I have become my own worst critic. I even tend to edit the story as I write which of course slows down the whole creative process. But I just