“Over-Editing is a Disease”


I like writing.

No, that’s not quite right.  I love writing.

I love getting the turn of a phrase just right and I’ve been known to spend weeks perfecting a paragraph.

But unfortunately, that’s where I’ve been struggling lately.

“Over-editing is a DISEASE” – Trish Wylie

The problem isn’t that I can’t write; I can.  The problem is that I can’t finish projects.  I find myself with writer’s block when a phrase isn’t just so and I can’t move past it.  I started NaNoWriMo this year, after doing two months of prep work.  That’s two months of plotting and character drawing and making copious notes on narrative structure.

I didn’t even hit 2000 words.

My issue lies in my persnickitiness.  Reading and rereading and rerereading what I’ve already written.  Spending hours pouring over details and getting everything just right.

I over-edit until even I can’t face looking at my work in progress any more.

So here’s my promise, to both myself and to you dear reader:

I will write.  Damn it, I will force myself to break through this funk I’m in.  I will stop over-editing.

As a show of good faith, this is what I’m going to do.  From now on, the end of my post will have a word count; the up-to-date word count of my wip Made for Sin.

And you have my permission to have a go at me if the word count doesn’t up enough.  🙂

Startup Stock PhotosWork In Progress Word Count:  2531 words


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