One of the worst sins of the creative writer is to be so self enamored and/or narcissistic that they hurry up to finish their great masterpiece. When extrinsic motivation becomes the writing process focus, then the words trash and crap should be the expectations. All stories have a beginning, middle and an end. Each deserves a feeling of patience to develop. A good writing has spurts and slowdowns during production and rushing a big negative.
Do not look at anything but you playing an Oscar winning part for all of your characters. Do not be afraid to say exactly what you feel your character should say. The goodness and realism is in the mood of your explanation. The great John Dewey said we grow into and learn to tap into our experiences to mesh together patterns of creative or critical thinking functions. (paraphrased). Realism is the real you and you is the servant of what will be enjoyed or never read.
Creativity is like starting to paint a mural and then have several miracles occur. A thought from the thin air seems to fit right into place and pace. I say pace, so understand instead of getting annoyed by when the spark needs to rest. So do you and it is time to take a break for as long as it takes to get yourself back into the mood of manipulating words. Look ahead, but do not be distracted out of focus on the moment in the story. Enjoy moments in your story. Your character, a voice of you, still are like your children who will live their own lives and have their own opinions. Without you this never happens and depends on real care about growth, development and outcomes.
Let your characters breathe. Just like TV or movies, your characters has a physical presence in your and the reader’s mind. Just like a director, how much latitude do you give your character outside the inside of your personal voice. One of the more difficult aspects in creative writing is to know when to let your character speak unlike you. Too many, in my opinion, focus on the details and framework story line, instead of the Crux of most stories and this simply the characters persona. Characters are often more important than plot because the characters are the reader’s rainbow of action and empathy.
The creative writer knows by heart rule number one. Do not believe what anyone has said good or bad about you or your writing. Comments are not good or bad, but contain a gem of continuance. Don’t ever be afraid to rewrite. Do not be so selfish that you’ll impose your will of time constraints on a story gasping for breath and dying because of obvious narcissism. A story will be finished when it’s suppose to be finished.
Having taught university, high school and junior high composition, I understand some need for teaching basic concepts. I always felt student success best from assignments with simple instructions. Too many required processes steal optimal focus from creative writing. Noam Chomsky realized language formation simply culturally base individual expression selections according to venue. There is no right or wrong definitions in truth focused. Patience and enjoyment more critical than knowledge to the creative writer.