One single thing that thought me how to do first drafts was NaNoWriMo. While the concept as a whole doesn’t completely suit my way of writing, since it doesn’t give me time to let the ideas grow and develop in my head, it has thought me to stop fussing over every word and every scene and to shut my brain down (along with my inner editor) and just WRITE. These ten rules might as well be rules for NaNoWriMo, they all perfectly apply. But it’s one thing to try and stick to these rules, and quite another when NaNoWrimo forces you to follow them weather you want it or not. I believe every writer needs to try it at least once, or until he wins it 🙂 It’s a wonderful learning experience.