Rough Draft Magic

5 Tips for Rough Draft Magic

Writing a rough draft can be kind of scary!  Each time I prepare to write a rough draft, I trip myself out.  For some reason I think that the rough draft is going to be the final product.  Or I think that I’m going to write a bunch of words and what then??  Better yet, I shudder to think that I might not actually have any idea where my story is going to go.  What if it goes nowhere?

Granted, I outline like no one’s business.  It’s the control freak in me, but my creative spirits have other plans for me.  When I get over the initial freak-out phase of writing a rough draft, I finally get myself in the meditation zone, and start writing.  The process becomes automatic for me that it’s even a wonder why I started freaking out in the first place.

My guess is that I’m a perfectionist in some ways and I only want to write the very best.  I’m working with my therapist with this issue.  Just kidding.

Writing a rough draft does not have to be a scary moment for you at all.  I think I do enough freaking out for the whole world, so learn from me!

When writing a rough draft be prepared to stir in a bit of magic to take the edge off the anxiety!

Mind Dump – Declutter your mind.  Take out a fresh piece of paper and allow yourself to write undisturbed for however long it takes to get your ideas out.  Some people create lists, mind maps, long narratives, and/or utilize tarot/oracle spreads to organize their thoughts as to the direction and details of the story.  Allow your imagination to soar higher than you’ve ever allowed it to soar.

Know YOU’RE the SHIT! – I mean this with great love.  Know that you have the magic within you to write the best story you can write.  The rough draft is supposed to be messy and without a clean focus.  This is the beauty of being a creative!  You can approach your craft in any way you see fit and still be kick ass.  You are the shit.  You are the bomb.  You have the mad skills to write a great story.  The first step is getting those thoughts on paper.

Pretties Come Later – Everything will be polished at a later time.  Now is the time to get down and dirty.  The creation process of any work of art is never pretty.  The pretty part comes when you’re editing your piece.  Let your spirit go and get through the tough part of getting the story onto the paper.

Story Ideas are Infinite – I met a writer a while back who was afraid to write his story.  Why?  He felt he would run out of ideas.  I had to stifle my laugh.  Okay, I laughed out loud and reassured him that ideas are infinite.  More times than not, I am able to help my clients see the potential of more stories within their single rough draft.  We are connected to a higher power who supplies us with millions of creative ideas.

Stomp out DOUBT – Doubt is a creative killer.  It’s the creepy voice that whispers in your ear to stop writing your story.  It makes you second guess yourself.  It makes you want to scrap your ideas.  Doubt does not come from the spirit.  It comes from the ego that is afraid and wants you to stay in your comfort zone.  You are a person made of light and know that doubt has no place in your life. So, stomp out doubt, connect with your spirit, and write the piece you were meant to write!

You are an amazing person.  You can do this! 


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Meli Halstead is a kickass intuitive teacher who helps writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has held several workshops to help writers get their thoughts into book form.  Her goal for the 2014 – 2015 year is to help 1300 writers write their book.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.  She blogs regularly at

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