Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially.
( So_write! )
The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it's about and why you're doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising ("but of course that's why he was doing that, and that means that...") and it's magic and wonderful and strange.
You don't live there always when you write. Mostly it's a long hard walk. Sometimes it's a trudge through fog and you're scared you've lost your way and can't remember why you set out in the first place.
- Neil Gaiman
Was today a long hard walk, Nano Writer or was it ( a_day_for_flying? )
The first draft is all creative stuff that comes to us, often as a surprise. There's nothing like reading what you wrote and mumbling, "Wow. I wrote that!" Let your stream of consciousness flow, and the words will appear on your monitor.
They may be few and far between but a ( wow_day_is... )
To avoid writer's block, at the end of a writing day, regardless of how wiped-out you are, start the next day's work. Type a few sentences, even a few words. Even if what you noted is dead wrong, you've given yourself a place to start.
And as we start into the ( third_week... )
Don't edit as you write. According to right brain/left brain students, your right brain allows you to dash off stuff uncritically. Let the right brain help you get a chapter or so written, then at a different time, let your left brain loose to edit.
Stop! Take your finger off that ( backspace_key! )