While I write my new book I've been doubting whether or not the story is any good. I've been forgetful and feeling scatter-brained lately and haven't been feeling confident in myself. I had been reading different things that other authors do as they write so I thought that I would try it. So the one I thought would be the most beneficial was the suggestion to not proof read the book until you are completely finished. I thought, gee that might work since I did miss a bunch of grammatical errors in my first book. I wrote through to Chapter 10 without really rereading much of it.
The result: DISASTER!!!
This process is totally not for me! For a while I just kept thinking, "I'm not sure if I'm writing what I want or even what I'm supposed to be for my characters." It was a terrible feeling to have. I was desperate for an honest critique and handed my pages off to my friend to read. Then I decided to go and reread everything starting from the beginning. After reading it and making a few changes my attitude completely changed. I felt so much better about the story and where it was going. So much so, that I no longer needed to hear my friends review. (Although I do love talking it over with her.)
My advice to other writers is: Choose the process that works for you. No one can tell you how to write your stories but you and your characters. If the process doesn't feel right then something's wrong. Find out what it is and change it. Never doubt the story that you are writing, for it is the story that you were meant to tell, whether people like it or not!