I spend more time editing and revising than anything else. Only recently have I begun to actually write forward in my story. Actually putting pen to paper and writing NEW stuff. It’s been so long, I forgot how hard it is to actually come up with new things. At first I thought my flow was great! But two chapters in, I started having my doubts. What if I was going the wrong way? What if all what I’d written was trash? What if I lost my writing skills because all I’ve done is edit for last couple years?
I had to take a step back and look at my story as a whole. Plot my way through some of the story lines and how the characters actually fit into the story. I had to work at it. And now my flow is back and I’m determined to finish the novel.
It is hard to not go back and edit now. I want to. I’ve made changes to the plot and should fix them! But, I’m afraid I’ll lose my steam. I must go forward in the story.
In a sense, this is Nanowrimo. Getting the story down quickly. Go back and edit later.
Do you get stuck in Edit Mode?