You will not understand your story on the first draft. You will not understand your story on the second draft. On the third draft, you will discover what you are trying to say. On the fourth draft, you will work toward developing that story.
|My life is a lie.|
Need I repeat the first paragraph of #1? You will not understand your characters on the first draft. You will not understand your characters on the second draft. You will....
And sometimes, whole chapters. Editing, we all know, can be really hard on us. We don't to delete this and change that. But IT HAS TO HAPPEN.
|Could I have some sugarcoat with that?|
The best way to fix a story is to let other people read it. You have worked so hard for so long...and yet that's the downfall. When reading your story to edit your story, your brain will think it's fine after a while and miss some flaws and faults and mistakes and and and and....
We've all heard this one. So that should be enough evidence to convince yourself to do it. Reading something in your head is a much different experience than reading it out loud. Your voice finds errors. If you stumble over a sentence, you know it needs to be changed. If you hear something strange, you might have the wrong tense or number.
Yes, I am being 100% serious. And I mean out loud, using your voice. No, you don't to do this around other people, but I encourage you to talk to yourself positively all the time, especially when going through a difficult section of editing or writing.
MOTIVATES YOU AND MAKES YOU PRODUCTIVE.
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