You would think after overseeing MANY remodels and the construction of a 3 new homes, I would be a pro at that kind of stuff. And I am much better than I used to be at handling projects, but every new project brings new challenges and problems. And as I work on my current house, the writing and editing metaphors are pretty clear. Here are my four rules for writing and remodeling.
1. get more Preparation is EVERYTHING. The right tools, a clean surface, a level floor, a solid foundation… the basics of good storytelling, plotting, grammar, constant reading, and practice.
2. http://iloveskate.net/tag/1966/ Don’t rush. Make you paint lines straight and clean. Measure your flooring before deciding where to cut the planks. Let a new story idea ruminate, write down a major outline. Flesh out your characters on paper or in your head. Whatever your process is, perfect it. I often find that if I take the time to write down even a one sentence outline of my chapters, the plot holes and arc become much clearer. Doing things right the first time (whatever that means for you in your individual process) saves so much time in the end.
3. pop over to this site Get help from friends and professionals!! You need it! Don’t attempt to redo major plumbing or electrical repairs on your own. Make sure you have two people for two-man (woman) jobs. Find great Beta readers, make friends you can help and who can help you. Establish genuine and mutually beneficial friendships. Accept critique and feedback. Your beta reader/agent/editor has your best interest at heart. They want you to succeed. And if you doubt that, then it’s time to find someone who you trust.
4. https://justificapital.com/1600-dte31064-best-way-to-start-conversation-online-dating.html Take a moment to enjoy finished projects. Ignore the flaws for a while. Wait a few weeks before attempting to redo anything. If you’re not sure about a paint color, look at it in all lights and at all times of the day. If you LOVE a paint color, look at it in all lights and at all times of day. Insert the word “scene” or “chapter” or “book” instead of paint color and the rule is pretty much the same.
These are my basic rules for remodeling and editing. Yours might be different than mine, but either way I believe it’s important to have them and reevaluate them from time to time until you find what works.