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Can't…Stop…Editing…

18 Nov 2008

NaNoWriMo is all about quantity over quality. You must meet the word count come hell or high water. You’re not supposed to edit. Just type 1667 words each and every day for thirty days.

It’s day 18 and I’m nowhere near 30k words. Now, mind you, I have been writing more in the last two weeks than I have in the last few months and I’m so close to finishing a WIP that I can almost taste it. (Yay for me!) Anyway, my issue is I edit as I write. I cannot not edit. It’s a compulsion that cannot be switched off like a lamp. For instance, every time I open up a WIP, I skim-edit as I scroll to the bottom of the document and make changes that jump out at me.  I don’t even think about it; I just do it.  Yesterday, I hammered out 1500 words…and discarded 500. So only 67% of my words are deemed acceptable…at this stage.

(The “at this stage” is because I do at least two rounds of edits when the manuscript is complete and a lot more words get slashed at those stages. Also, did I mention I have a WIP that, so far, has a discarded file of 127k words? Nope, I’m so not an efficient writer.)

So, can I meet the NaNoWriMo goal? If I stop deleting words between now and November 30, probably. But I have to consider the extra time I will have to spend editing later on if I don’t do my light editing now. *sigh* Decisions, decisions.

On the bright side, have you looked at the progress metres on my WIP page?   😀

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. azteclady permalink
    19 Nov 2008 10:24 AM

    Yay for your WIP progress!

    So you are not a speed writer, but your ms are quite clean to begin with, why worry?

    Just *shuffling feet* try not to stop writing at *this* rythm once November is over, okay?

  2. 20 Nov 2008 6:55 PM

    And, ahem, since I’ll be finished with the main WIP by December and this one’s going to you-know-who, I think I might play it safe and have someone read it before I mail it off. Any takers?

  3. azteclady permalink
    20 Nov 2008 7:36 PM

    *channeling Donkey from Shreck* me, me me!!! Pick me!

  4. 20 Nov 2008 8:48 PM

    You do realize I now have an urge to watch Shrek instead of write, right?

  5. azteclady permalink
    20 Nov 2008 9:07 PM

    Shit

  6. Ann Bruce permalink
    20 Nov 2008 9:09 PM

    Remember: easily distracted.

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