It's so hard to be as objective with my own pieces as I am with Polyphony submissions, but I try to be. (I haven't gone as far as writing specific and general commentary for my drafts yet, but I've honestly considered it)
Wow, that's an idea. But who would give the editor feedback?
I leave my work alone for a day, and come back to it with a fresh mind.
Does anyone else do this?
This is kind of depressing, but I feel like I give up on pieces too easily. Like I start a piece, and it feels good at the beginning, but then it usually goes downhill from there because I either start hating it or don't have the time to keep working on it consistently. Does anyone have suggestions on this? Because I have tons of drafts, but very few finalized pieces that I'm happy about.
It sounds like you have trouble with stamina, even when what you're writing is really good. I'd recommend focusing on stuff that's really, really short to begin with, and finishing it, and getting really happy with it - even if it's a haiku or something tiny. Then you can start building up your confidence, and move onto whatever longer form stuff you're most interested in
I have that problem, too. (I know a lot of writers who do, actually.) The thing that's worked best for me is to pick out something that inspires a lot of emotion in you-- a subject, a theme, an experience that you care a lot about-- and write based off that. When you love the subject matter, it's a lot harder to hate the story in my experience
Oh, I know the feeling. It happens to me all the time. I will start in on a piece, write about half of it, and then start hating it. I always hate my work with a passion, because I always want to make it better.
I think the trick is learning how to turn that hate around and use it as fuel to help you revise. (And of course, learning how to love the parts of your writing that do work, because for every first-draft mistake there is also a first-draft gem.)
If you’re struggling with a first draft, then I would recommend looking at the first draft as a kind of experiment. With a first draft, you are not carving your work into stone, and it doesn’t need to be perfect the first time around. If you feel like you're making mistakes, then that’s okay, because the first draft is just the foundations that you lay down for your poem or short story. It might not look pretty (at least not yet) but you can build on it, and that is what’s important.
I also agree with Lara that starting with slightly shorter pieces might help you to build up some writing stamina. It’s a lot easier to hold onto that good feeling that you experience at the start of the draft, if you’re writing something short and sweet.
I wish you best of luck in your future writing. :)