What I've Learned:
~ Actually think about things like tense before getting too far into the first draft. I'd rather fix it at 50 pages than at 400 pages.
~ Detailed outlines ROCK!
~ After writing for the day, go back and do a quick edit for grammar, typos, etc. I'll save so much time.
~ Don't dwell over the word count. I get obsessed and spent more energy figuring out how many words a day I can write to finish it in a certain amount of time. Worry about it once the story is done.
~ While cookies are good motivation, I never manage to get past the first goal point before eating all the cookies. Way to fix that: Have someone hold the cookies hostage. Someone who can't be bribed.
~ Carry at least a small notebook EVERYWHERE. I need to put a big one in my car. The little one in my purse can only do so much.
~ Routines rock, but are so hard for me to stick to this year. So I've learned not to stress over it. It is what it is.
I figure I'll be updating/changing this constantly. Every time I 'learn' something about my writing process. What's easier, what works, and definitely what doesn't work.
What are some things you've learned as you've advanced in the stages of writing?