One of the hardest things to do, at least for me, is to get distance from a story. While writing, I am very “into” the story and my mind jumps ahead while my fingers hurry to catch up. I miss things or miss type things, yet in my head they are just fine because I know what SHOULD be in there.
I was working my way through what I have written in Dragon Masque last night and I was abhorred at the missed words, wrong words, or just plain wrong ideas I had typed out previously. As I read, I changed most of them but I know a few more linger.
A lot of this is because I want to put the idea on the page before it pops like a soap-bubble and I lose my thoughts. I have a lot of distractions in my life and the few short hours a day I can write are often eaten up by other things. So when I do get to writing, I tend to write hard and fast, a quickie just to get it on the page. Of course I miss things, ideas, words and thought fragments litter my first drafts. I often cringe when I get back to it, like I did last night.
It leaves a lot of clean up for me later. I do not write outlines, I just am not able to work with them efficiently. I figure out the story as I write, messy as it is. You might say it is more like an archeological dig than building a structure. When I write, I get deeper into the surface. But this works for me. I am not limited to straight ideas and a line that leads from point A to B.
I have to put a story up for at least a week to find some of my problems. Other issues take two or more. I hope I am getting better at finding them. At least I am finding more issues and it is easier to fix them.