I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. I want to continue on writing my novel (I have 21 pages so far), but I'm feeling a strong urge to rewrite what I already have. It feels clunky and awkward, the dialogue is stiff, and the characters are flat and somewhat cliche. At least that's the way everything seems to me.
The beginnings of my stories are always awkward. I'm meeting these characters for the first time, and it takes me a while to get to know them and learn how they behave and talk.
I've always been of the "grit your teeth and muscle through" school of writing. I don't revise until the end of a story. But now I feel like I should stop and revise what I have before moving on. I might even create little character profiles to help me flesh out the characters.
How do you handle this situation, fellow writers? What do you recommend?