Prodding, Poking and Procrastinating

I’m doing it again!  That thing I do where I can’t stop picking at what I’ve already written and just get on with writing something new.

Maybe I need to have the words, “This is only the first draft! tattooed on my hands so I get a reminder whenever I look down at the keyboard.

Or perhaps I could try hubby’s trick of switching off the screen. His theory being, if you can’t see it you’re not tempted to edit it. Trouble with that is, if you can’t see it, you don’t know that you’ve spent the last half hour typing in the ‘replace with’ box.

Someone suggested setting the font to white but that would make me a candidate for a straight jacket within the first ten minutes. All those red squiggly lines floating around on a white screen? Scary stuff.

I could disable the spell checker but I would still know they were there.

I don’t understand how I can discipline myself to write like a maniac for NaNoWriMo without even thinking about editing and yet at any other time of year I’m constantly fiddling.

Argh, I’m going to drive myself nuts. Maybe it’s time to hit the gym for a couple of hours. I’ll probably get back to Yantsu when I should be in bed. That does seem to be my most productive writing time.

2 thoughts on “Prodding, Poking and Procrastinating”

  1. Emil says:

    Vasbyt! Deurdruk! As my grandmother would have said.

    Maybe you should just do what you do. It seemed to have worked for Sachin 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    Yes, I definitely need to follow her advice.

    The thing with Sanchin is that I did the first draft as part of National Novel Writing Month so I had a deadline of 30 days to get at least 50 000 words written. I didn’t have time to edit during that time so I got the basic story down very quickly.

    I did a whole lot of prodding and poking after that, but with Yantsu I don’t seem to be able to get the whole story down before the prodding and poking.

    I’ll maybe have to impose my own 30 day deadline. 🙂

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