When you dislike what you wrote, Chapter II
In Chapter I, we looked at the writing (When-You-Dislike-What-You-Wrote-Chapter-I).
Let us take several paces back and regard the writer for just a moment. Like elves, humans are a precise set of creatures. You eat with forks, wash spilled sauces out of your clothes, tie shoelaces in even bows and comb down wayward cowlicks.
You generally don’t slouch around and do things any old way!
When we write, we tend to uphold the same standards. We like to see things looking right and we want to see this happen QUICKLY.
Yet, no one writes something that is perfect on the first draft, not even an elf descended from 10 generations of writer elves. Good writing happens over time. It requires considerable patience. During that time, and while patience is being practiced, the signals in our heads won’t always be kind.
That is just fine if we learn to expect them—and ignore the signals that don’t help!