For some reason, whenever my characters need to drive somewhere I draw...things...out way...too...long. I don't mean to, but even during emergency situations I suddenly make them have some major conversation as they stand outside the car doors with the keys in their hands.
In a current WIP entitled Possession, I think my characters did this FIVE times--pretty much every time they got in the car. To be fair, this was only just a first draft modified by one quick revision before my CPs saw it.
It happened so often in the story that it became a critique group joke. We've now coined the phrase "get in the car and go" to apply to anything (writing related or otherwise) that needs to speed things up a bit.
|Little Red Corvette, baby you're much too slow at getting into the car|
So what's my writing tip of the day?
Recognize your hang ups and try to curb them. Now I make sure it doesn't take me five pages for my characters to "get in the car and go".
But also try to have a sense of humor about your failings and foibles...you'll never be perfect. There's always room to grow.
Perfect people are boring, anyway...right?
|I'm perfect and everyone wants my hair|