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. 🙂