disgruntledpeony wrote:It's not necessarily talking oneself down--having an awareness of one's capabilities is a good thing. I can't write a first draft that doesn't need work, and I know this based on both personal experience and peer review. The thing is, there's nothing wrong with that, because that's what editing is for. Striving for cleaner first drafts is good, and my first drafts are definitely cleaner than they used to be, but every time I make an active effort to get everything right on the first try my story crashes and burns. I write my first drafts best when I worry about getting the words out rather than getting them right.
This is me as well. Most of the time if I do too much planning I can't get a first draft to sustain any momentum. I too have gotten better at my first drafts but they still aren't coming out in a state that doesn't need work.
And I wasn't talking myself down ultimately. I was just assessing where I'm at - and I might always be the kind of writer who races through first drafts and then HAS to edit. So maybe calibre was the wrong word choice because maybe I'll never be the TYPE of writer who writes first drafts that are good to go.
reigheena wrote:What disgruntledpeony said. I know I am bad at evaluating my own work, but my error tends to be in thinking its better than it actually is instead of the other way around. Hence my many rejections.
Rather than focus on new/revising, I think my challenge is going to focus on developing specific skills. Every day in November, I'll spend 15-20 minutes doing a writing exercise, since I don't plan on doing NaNoWriMo. Now I just need to plan out which exercises to do.
I am also in this category. I know after enough experience that my stories need work after first draft. BUT I love them as they are, flaws and all which means I need to work on seeing what needs to be done (I've come a long way but still have some blind spots).
That sounds like a good challenge you are taking on. There are some good writing exercises in Ursula K LeGuin's Steering the Craft.