While you are composing your book, don’t worry about formatting, how it looks in word, or editing. Sometimes you will get caught up in those details, but it’s more important to get the thoughts out of your head & on paper. Cleaning it up, editing and formatting will be done during revisions. Your first document is a rough draft. They call it that for a reason, it’s rough, probably going to suck at some points, but that’s ok. No one writes a perfect book the first time around. Just get the concept and ideas out of your head no matter how awful you think it might be at the time. Especially once you get into the writing flow, sometimes phrases come out of your mind faster than your fingers can type. So things can get chopped up and not make sense, but that’s what the editor is for. To read it from another persons perspective that is not in your head knowing where the story is going. Your job is just to write!
by Tara Richter