For my very first post for WOW, I'd like to discuss expectations and goals. As a writer, you should aim to set realistic goals for yourself. For example, don't clear a three day weekend in the hopes of emerging from a cabin somewhere with a completed 150K manuscript that's polished and ready to hit the New York Time's Best Seller's list by Midnight.
If you have a life at all outside your computer, plan on a few months to a year for completing a manuscript. Don't feel like you have to rush yourself or neglect work, family, or friends to finish your book. Rushing and stressing will bleed over into your writing flow. You want the best writing possible, and tense writing isn't the best way to go.
Keep your eyes on the prize and Steady-Eddy yourself to a completed manuscript. It's also worth mentioning that you should take your time with the editing process as well- especially if you heavily rely on self-editing. In college, my professor told us to start from the end and work our way back to the first page to catch more errors. That way you're not just following the flow of the storyline.
Don't forget to visit the other authors participating in this week's WOW posts:
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