Occasionally, I act in haste. I just want to get it done, check it off my list - whatever 'it" is. So I waited awhile before I posted this link to be sure it was the right thing to do. The post, by author Chuck Wendig , is full of insights for writers and I keep going back to it for a re-read. It's also full of pretty hefty "swears" as my children used to say. Not that I don't swear; a well placed four letter word can come in handy in the right circumstances but this post has lots. Still, the helpful insights are worth it. Particularly the one where he says to stop wanting one thing (e.g., to finish your novel) but spend more time and energy writing other things (short stories).
So, brace yourself and check out http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/01/03/25-things-writers-should-stop-doing/.
Just don't come screaming at me about the swears. You've been warned.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.