Paperback Hangover has this funky notion of providing a list of 5 things writerly and/or readerly every Friday. This week's prompt is:
The FIVE pieces of useful advice you have received as an aspiring writer... (in quotes, blog posts, websites, etc.)
So, let's get started!
5.) Write yourself notes about what's up next in your story. I've never actually read this anywhere, but it's something that I've found works wonders for not only my motivation to write daily, but also gives me at least some kind of illusion of having a grip on the story I'm working on.
4.) Muzzle that internal editor. You know the one I mean. The one who won't let you go three sentences without saying 'Is "used" a strong enough verb there? And that adverb looks really uncomfortable over there'. Personally, the internal editor is my arch-nemesis in this first ever draft of a novel I'm working on (yes, I've never written a novel before, only shorts - see also point #5 re the illusion of having a grip). Right now, I'm concentrating on getting the words down so that there at least exists a first draft, which my internal editor can then have a ball critiquing the hell out of in the rewrites.