Here are some things I've learned lately about writing:
- Get betas. They can help you solve those weird problems you don't know how to fix.
- Follow that little voice. You know, the smart alec that says "That shouldn't be happening yet!"
- Your main character is not supposed to act fully like a human being. That may seem weird, but I forgot my MC is supposed to double as a narrator, too. Which means that sometimes, she has to pause and explain things to the reader.
Like so. Gif from tumblr.
- Use dialogue tags sometimes.
- Don't fully take the advice of one writing blog. Get writing advice from many places and take each's advice with a bit of salt. Especially when they contradict each other.
- Throw out the rules when they appear to be strangling your writing, but only consciously do so.
- If you think something's wrong, and a beta reader agrees with you, it's wrong.
- Did I mention get betas? :P I've learned so much about writing in the ... Eh, four days I've had one? And not just people to cheer you on, people who can say "hey, you need to slow down and give the reader backstory/worldbuilding;" "this is telling;" "your characters are OOC," etc. And so on. Because as it turns out, I don't know everything. :P