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How do you prefer to do your writing? Laptop? Pen and paper?
I do my writing in longhand form first. Sometimes, if I’m having trouble with a scene I’ll just sketch it out longhand and then put it on the computer. Once there, I do further sketching so to speak as I rework the scene until its where I want. Of course, this is to say I do this in editing form which I’m in the process of doing right now. Usually with the first draft, I just write it in longhand as fast as I can. As I do this and have trouble figuring out what to say or where to go in the scene, I make notes to myself as to what I want to happen for example Need action scene here, Robb runs away, Karrie discovers a secret. I do this so that the action of writing the first draft doesn’t stall for me.
And, yes, I have off-days. I sometimes go for days without writing because something comes up at home, appts., or time just gets away from me. When you’re a single mom and in charge of things running a household, taking care of everyone’s stuff is sometimes overwhelming. I do the best I can to get through. Right now, I’m in the middle of a personal crisis and the writing suffers. So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve got things happening in your personal or professional life for that matter. Things will keep and you just get back in there when you’re ready.
I got a wonderful guide from Janice Hardy’s blog Fiction University. She breaks down step-by-step what you should focus on in edits from the big picture to the smaller stuff. I hope it’ll maybe give you some pointers as well. I hope I don’t need to say this but I will for the newer writers: only see if the advice may work in your process. If it doesn’t, stick with what you have or keep searching. I’m always on the look out to improve.