31 Days: The Dreaded First Draft


UPDATE: When I set out to write this series of posts, I NEVER imagined it would be as popular as it has become. But in the almost year since I published this series, it’s gotten consistent traffic, and remains my highest trafficked post via Pinterest to date. So…


I have decided to publish this series as an ebook. 30 Days to Becoming aWriter will release on Amazon on August 25, 2014.

Click here to purchase your copy today! 



No, that’s not a typo – The book is a 30 Day Guide, not 31 Day Guide. I condensed the material into readable chapters, and organized it in a way that gives readers a comprehensive guide to writing and publishing in an easily digestible format. 


I will be removing the posts from this space in an effort to preserve the integrity of the book, but as soon as the book goes live, I will include the link where you can purchase these posts for your online library.


My hope and desire it that people will be inspired to continue to create, to write, and ultimately, to author the words that float in their heads and hearts. I’m so honored to have you all on this journey with me. I hope that you will benefit in your career as a writer from the tips offered in 30 Days to Becoming an Author. For more information on the book, and for more Pinterest-worthy images to promote it, go to KelliStuart.com.


Thanks for taking this journey with me!




  1. My process has always been to edit as I go, including arranging and rearranging structure. This worries me as I’m heading towards NaNo – it’s probably the number one thing that tripped me up last year (and I didn’t finish). Maybe I need to do more stream of consciousness writing activities to get in the habit of just writing and not worrying about editing. Any other suggestions?

    Also, I get tripped up because the word isn’t the “right” word, but the “right” word isn’t coming to me. This creates a traffic jam because I find I can’t go on as that word just sits there like a boulder in the way. Any suggestions on dealing with that scenario?


    • I would invest in a thesaurus and have it on your desk so you can find those words you’re looking for quickly. Sometimes you have to just push through, though, and not worry about finding the exact word you’re looking for. Remember that the editing process is where most of that comes together. Once the story is all out of your head, editing frees you up to really dive in and make the book what you want it to be. If at all possible, ignore the impulse to edit in the middle of your project.

      I think stream of consciousness practice is a great idea. And maybe write a little note to yourself and set it by your computer. Write in black sharpie DON’T EDIT! See if that helps a little. 🙂

      Good luck with NaNoWriMo!