I saw a post this morning asking what was our number one writing tip. In all honesty, it’s hard to boil things down to one tip. So, here’s mine:
Get your story finished first and foremost.
Let it sit and ‘rest’ while you get the emotional connection to it out of your system.
Rewrite it completely.
Hard Copy edit: print it out on paper and read through each chapter. I recommend doing it 2-3 times.
Make sure you print yourself one hard copy version of the completed manuscript.
When it comes to actually writing the story, my one tip is to let it grow on it’s own. I never outline my stories, I just create a first chapter through trial and error (it often times takes me 3-4 attempts to get one that makes sense and I like) and then it let it grow own it’s own.
Also remember, there will be times where you do feel like you’re shoveling sit from a sitting position. It’s when you feel this way that you need to keep pushing yourself forwards. I think you’ll be surprised at how well you’re writing really was.