Writing Tips, Inspiration and Motivation – D is for Drafting

Drafting with door closed
First drafts are just for you. (photo by Nicole Rivera)


“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as you can, anyway — it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.”
Stephen King

Writing Tip: Write First Drafts With “The Door Closed”

Write Your Story First: There is no question that having someone read your work before you publish is invaluable, but if you invite another eyes (and ideas) in too early, you may find that your story never actually gets written. When writing first drafts try to do so on your own. It’s a lot easier said than done when you are super excited about a new idea, but well intentioned comments and questions about where your story is going before you have even discovered its path can influence its direction and leave you with a sinking feeling that some essential story element went unwritten.



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Nicole Rivera is a writer and blogger from Staten Island, NY. She loves stories in all their forms - books, movies, TV, theater - and hopes, one day to help contribute to the vast world of published stories. In the meantime, she writes away on her blog Rivera Runs Through It while hanging out with her husband, her dog, and the random neighborhood rooster that she calls "Chicken." Tweet Nicole anytime about what you're reading, writing or watching @Riverand. (Bonus points for chocolate and Doctor Who related chats!)


  1. Love the Stephen King quote! And I absolutely agree about writing YOUR story and not letting others influence its direction before it’s even finished. Such awesome advice in such few words!

  2. Again and again and again! So important to learn to love the skills of drafting again and again and again! I love Stephen King’s advice to writers. His On Writing is one of those books I buy multiple copies and hand out when I hear people want to be writers. 🙂

    Happy A TO Z ing. I’m a happily a stumbling and praying I do it right!

  3. I couldn’t agree more. I know a few fellow writers who have lost what their story was all about because they let people critique the first few chapters when the story wasn’t even fully developed yet. It dramatically changed their storyline and left the writers frustrated that the story was now changed. After that, it seems like it’s a endless circle of writing, critiquing, editing, critiquing, editing, etc.

    I love Stephen King’s ON WRITING. It completely changed how and when I let people into my writing.

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