Ep. 2: Your First Draft Isn’t Bad

Your First Draft Isn't Bad

Do you feel like your first draft is ugly, messy, and just sucks? You’re not alone in this feeling! In this episode, I compare the writing journey to building a house to help you realize that your first draft isn’t bad. I am breaking down how to not get stuck in the first few chapters, moving past the imperfections you may have while writing your first drafts, and explaining the layers of writing a book. Writing a book is a journey, and I am right here to help you along the way!


I’d love to connect with you about your journey! Connect with me on Instagram @ariellehadfield.authorcoach or join me in a coaching call where we can dive deeper into your questions and writing journey. 


In this episode we cover:

  • How to avoid getting stuck in the first chapters
  • Moving on from the holes in the first draft
  • Why it matters if you think your first draft is bad
  • How to get constructive feedback vs. unhelpful feedback on your drafts
  • The layers, or steps, of writing a book

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More about The Prologue: helping authors craft a stronger story

Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book.

This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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