Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.
Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … he admonished gravely.
Sometimes you need to look your demons in the face and punch them.
“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” — Neil Gaiman
Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful. — Elmore Leonard
Inspiration won’t find you. You must find it.
“It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” — Jonathan Franzen
So you have finished manuscript edited it to the point of insanity and you’re ready to send it off to an editor.
Let me tell you something. you have read your own writing, over and over again in the same formet and the same font. You are not seeing your own writing properly. You are just reading what you want to see there rather than what is.
So, can you guess how many mistakes you have in that prefect draft of yours?
This is why Proof readers are a God send. They can literally be anyone who understand what a sentence is, which also means that they are free to hire. And we all love free things. They can be friends, family, random strangers that you bribe with food just as long as you get as many as possible.
This will stop you having to have an overhaul edit and pay out extra money to an editor.
You find a reminder for yoga written in blood on your wall.
Every first draft is shit