“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” -Terry Pratchett
I love this quote. I love messy first drafts. I love just getting the words on the page.
It’s a starting point.
Don’t expect that you can arrange your thoughts in a perfectly coherent and polished way on your first draft.
That’s why they call it a draft.
The draft might be the fun part where the story is just starting to unfold to you, but the work and what makes your writing great is the editing and re-writing and formulating that story into something that makes sense to others, not just you.
Don’t be discouraged by first drafts. Don’t put too much pressure on them either.
Just write. Write out your thoughts. Write out elements you want to include in your story.
Then write the first draft for you.
Write the next draft for others.