Writer vs Editor

I know I’m not supposed to do this but I went through Yantsu today and threw quite a bit into the scrap file. I also tweaked and tidied a paragraph here and there.

This is why I like NaNoWriMo so much. Having the 50 000 word deadline by the end of the month forces me to get that first draft done before I start messing around and editing.

I don’t know why I can’t just leave it alone. It’s like this internal battle between writer and editor. Sometimes the editor is so insistent that I’m tempted to dim the screen or set my font to white so I can’t see what I’ve written.

That would kill the urge to edit but I have this paranoia that I’d end up with my fingers on the wrong keys and be typing utter gibberish. Or if I dim the screen that I would hit the wrong key and be typing in the find and replace box for 20 minutes and have no idea I was doing it.

I’ve tried setting my own deadline but somehow that never seems to work for me. It’s like I don’t take self-imposed deadlines seriously.

Oh well, I have to be up early in the morning. A trip to Heathrow is on the cards. My friend is arriving from South Africa at 6:50am and I live at least two and a half hours from the airport. That gives me a few more hours to write before I hit the sack.

Hopefully I can get another thousand or so words on the page.