Book Review: Surviving First Drafts

Surviving First Drafts

Author: Erica Crouch

Publisher: Weapenry


Surviving First Drafts Blurb from Amazon:

A rough first draft is like an opinion: everyone has one, few are pleasant, and most people should think twice before airing it to the public without considering their words a second time. Everyone knows first drafts suck. They’re a headache to write, and don’t even get me started on the mess of grammar there is to sort through during revisions! But, unfortunately, they’re unavoidable.

But there’s no need to pull out all of your hair in frustration! You, like so many authors before, can conquer the first draft, and this book is here to help you survive the most grueling stage of the writing process. Learn about the five stages of first draft grief and how to overcome them. Discover what style of writer you are. Know when to ignore temptation from shiny new ideas and when to give in. Condition yourself not to fear the blank page and look forward to revisions.

With a healthy dose of motivation and advice, Surviving First Drafts will equip you with all the tools you need to make it to the end of your manuscript, no matter how bleak the journey ahead looks. YOU GOT THIS!


Book Review: Surviving First Drafts

Surviving First Drafts is a good book. It’s not a long book and a very easy ready. Erica Crouch is a young adult (YA) author with several published books (and obviously first drafts) to her credit, so she knows what she’s talking about.

In Surviving First Drafts, Erica Crouch shares her experience with writing. She gives concise tips on how to overcome some dreaded obstacles we face with our first draft. She shares some simple solutions to help you through the first draft; yes, even through the painful middle. She covers various topics, some of which are: helping you identify if you are an architect (outliner), a gardener (pantser), or an astronaut (you’ll have to check out her book to hear her take on this one, it’s worth it!). In addition, she takes you through the five stages of first draft grief and how to survive them, her own writing process and offers plenty of encouragement among other things.

I’d recommend Surviving First Drafts for anyone that would like to know more about how to survive and thrive writing their first drafts. As she mentioned in the book, writing can be difficult, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the process, even if it’s not every single step of the process. I mostly enjoyed that she sprinkled her wonderful sense of humor throughout the book.

A word of warning to parents: there is a little bit of profanity in this book. I only mention this because we have a Christian audience and you may want to give this book to your child. Just be aware that it’s there. I think the book would have been just as good without it, but that’s part of who she is and her writing style. I think the tips she shares is worth overlooking a word here and there, but I wanted to let you know, so you can make that call for yourself and/or for your child.  

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!



All you have to do is survive the first draft. The terrible, painful, garbage-esque first draft. Then you can make it better. Your trash will one day become treasure! Believe in yourself!

-Erica Crouch, Surviving First Drafts

Surviving First Drafts

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