iWriterly Video: Why First Drafts Stink | AuthorTube Collab With Bethany Atazadeh

If you’ve written a book, you will probably know that your first draft… well, it stinks. Let’s talk about why first drafts are not so great as well as ways to improve it in this special two-part AuthorTube collab between Meg LaTorre of iWriterly and Bethany Atazadeh.

The following topics are discussed in this video:

  • Underwriting vs. overwriting
  • Narration vs. dramatization
  • Individual strengths and weaknesses
  • How to tell if your story starts too soon or too late
  • Plotter vs. pantser (architect vs. gardener)
  • What POV to start the story in
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Character agency
  • Wordy sentences/sentence fragments/adverb- or adjective-heavy writing
  • How many side characters are too many
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Plot structure
  • Number of scenes








Bethany Atazadeh is a Minnesota-based author of YA novels, children’s books, and non-fiction. She graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a writing emphasis. After graduation, she pursued songwriting, recording, and performing with her band, and writing was no longer a priority. But in 2016, she was inspired by the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days, and since then she hasn’t stopped. With her degree, she coaches other writers on both YouTube and Patreon, helping them publish their books. She is obsessed with stories, chocolate, and her corgi puppy, Penny.

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