I've been writing really, really well lately. I decided to take writing and make it the day's top priority. A novel concept, right? (No pun intended. Seriously.) So I've been dragging my ass out of bed at 6 AM and writing before I go to work every weekday. That way the most important thing of the day is done first and with the most energy, and I can focus on doing everything else--my day job, freelance articles,socializing, etc--without constantly beating myself up that I should be writing during that time. (On some particularly inspired nights, I've even done writing at night in addition to what I've gotten done in the mornings--double yay!)
I'm kind of surprised how well I write in the mornings, considering I loathe mornings. But I'm glad I've tried it--it's turning into a habit, and one that I really enjoy doing each weekday. I also like writing, and producing a decent word count, consistently. It makes me realize how attainable my goal of finishing this book actually is.
I found a great article today about working through shitty first drafts (as I currently am), and thought I'd share it; click here to view. I have tips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 down pretty well so far. I'm working on developing 6 more, and also 7, a little bit.
Are you writing a shitty first draft, too? What tips and advice have helped you?