I'm reading a book right now that has very stilted dialogue...and I don't like it. Dialogue is one of my favourite things to write.
One single reader. I can focus on that.Forget about finishing though? I'd never start if I didn't plan on finishing.
I really like #2 because I'm always tempted to go back and edit. Must finish first!
I'm working hard to embrace the advice of #2. I can get stuck in an endless loop of revision otherwise.
Lots of great suggestions here.#1 - Grife, I'd be embarrassed to tell you how often I have tried to rewrite something just to get it perfect. Even when something is done I still think I need to work on it.#4 - I guess it's kind of like having to kill your darling. #6 - I do this all the time. So odd how when we write dialogue that seems right, if we say it out loud it sounds horrendous.
Great tips! #2 is what I really want to focus on for my next projects...to get those first drafts completed as quickly as possible (to really separate writing from editing).
Good advice. I have what Stephen King calls an "ideal reader" and that's the person I write for. I won't reveal the identity of the person because then they might demand money.
#4. Yes. True. (Maybe that's why chapter 16 is giving me fits...)
Good tips. I especially like #1 and #3.
I really like these tips. The only thing where I'm different from Steinbeck (besides his having genius and talent and me not so much) is that I rewrite as I go because I write one day... then the next day read what I wrote, polishing it as I go, and continue from there. Then the next day same thing. It's kind of a two steps forward after one step back approach day after day, but seems to work for me.
I look at it like a car going up a steep ice covered road, if your not moving forward your sliding backward. Until your at the top don't stop.