What works Best for me:
- Turning off the internet and social media until I've written around 2K words. It helps me focus and get my word count down. Social media, while wonderful for reaching readers, damn near kills production of writing.
- Give myself a word count goal for the day. This helps me hit my goals (which are very important for Virgos) and anything more than that goal is icing on the cake.
- Not worrying if the sex scene isn't good the first time out. I can always go back and make it hotter once the bones of the scene is written. Can't revise an empty page.
- Writing on more than one story at a time. This saves me from writer's block and allows the story ideas of one tale to percolate while I'm working on another.
What is the Worst for me:
- Writing the initial sex scenes is like slogging through mud. It's always a dogged push to get the bones of the scene down (so I can fix it later).
- Writing a story straight through. Very rarely happens. Most of the time I'm working on four stories at once, which keeps me from getting writer's block, but means it takes a little longer to finish a specific story. Heh, CLOUDBURST COFFEE & SPA took four years because of that.
- Trusting a new editor. Editors get busy and sometimes you have to find a new one. But it's hard to trust someone I don't know as well to give me feedback on my work without either being mean or trying to change my voice. I've been doing this long enough that I know all the writing "rules", so if I break them, I'm doing it consciously. A new editor won't necessarily understand that.
- Writing even when the muse doesn't want to talk, or doesn't want to talk about this story. Talk about excruciating. That's when I have writing days of 500 words or less. Each sentence is pulled from the dregs of my inspirational barrel, and it will probably have to be rewritten later.
That's it for me (or what I can think of). What are the positives and negatives for you and writing? Check out the other authors and what they found works for them.