Reading through a first draft can sometimes be painful. I mean, some of it's ok, but some of it ...wow. So I've made a habit of doing something to entertain my future self. Maybe you'd like to give it a try!
I've mentioned before that I'll leave reminders to myself to (research) something later, so I don't slow my momentum. But I'll also leave snarky comments to myself, just for fun. Some examples?
(seriously? that's the best you can do?)
(boring! Ambien alert!)
(too vanilla. add sprinkles)
(show, don't tell. Doh!)
(what were you thinking?)
My goal is to have fun with it, and try not to take myself too seriously. When I go through it the second time, I'll at least have a good laugh while I'm trying to clean up the mess.
Have you ever done anything like this? How do you soften the sting of a read-through?