Words are important. Words convey information, thoughts, feelings, and ideals. In fiction, a reader expects an honesty laying beneath the words. Yes, we use techniques to get our point across or to divulge the intentions of characters, whether good or evil, etc., but the overall work intends to tell a truth. We use villains and…
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
You're never too old, nor too experienced, to learn or review the skills and tools we use in our writing.
If you are in this writing and publishing game for the long term, shortsighted tactics are not the answer. You need to find your own unique way of doing things, and that takes time.
Editing Tips for First Drafts: how I wrote my draft of "In The Woods" and tips from professional editors on how to self edit to make it a professional draft.