I am a big believer of researching anything that I am interested in doing; learn from the people that came before me. I did it for wrestling and body building, wine and wine service, personal finances and investing (the list goes on and one) and writing.
One such book that I found to be both an excellent read and informative was On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Steven King. I read this more years ago than I can remember but it has always stayed with me as I continue to write. I won’t attempt to paraphrase the many lessons that the modern day master shares, but I will share attempt it with the one thing that struck me and thus always whispers from the dark corners of my mind as I write.
Kill your babies.
Not sure if that is the correct wording after all these years but that is what I now hear. Rest assured it does not mean to actually kill your actual babies. Rather it refers to your writing babies and the need for rewriting. Mr. King states the case to ruthlessly slay those parts of you writing that you love the best because those are the parts that have the least authentic voice of your characters etc. Instead they are nothing more than your writer ego. So those parts should always be cut from your final product. Be unforgiving with yourself. Cut, cut, trim and cut.
Perhaps this has always stayed with me because I so do not enjoy doing it. I love my little word babies, but Steven King is the master and I am not so I do my best to listen.
For all writers and would be writers out there this is a book for you.