Friday, November 06, 2009

The Editors in My Head

by G.Parker

I was happily writing away at my nano entry the other night, and realized I kept having strange thoughts. I would write something and instantly think "Dang, they're gonna tear that one apart."

It's funny how after you've been with a critique group so long you know how they view certain aspects of your writing and what you need to do to change things. It's like having an automatic editor in your head yelling at you each time you write was, had or anything else too common in your paragraphs.

Sigh.

But I didn't stop and for the most part I'm not editing. When you're trying to pound out 50,000 words in 23 days, it's difficult to keep yourself from getting sidetracked. My hubby read a section last night and started suggesting alternatives and I shouted "I'm not editing! I'm writing the rough draft -- the editing is later." He slunk away and I finished writing my goal for the day.

He really is a sweetheart.

So far I'm at 7200 words. How are you doing with your goals?

6 comments:

One Cluttered Brain said...

Doing well. Wouldn't it be nice if your thoughts came out polished in a final copy? No editing needed. That would be my dream. I have about that many words too. :)

Karlene said...

Good for you! I'm behind but planning to catch up on Saturday.

Terresa said...

Writers with goals...I'm still not one of 'em. My excuse? My mind is full of my young children and church responsibilities, and...life.

But I admire writers with goals and yes, someday, I will be one.

Cassandra Jade said...

I generally can't stand anyone reading something until I've rewritten at least twice - and even then they usually find a thousand things to tear apart. Still, I think my inner editor is getting pickier lately - but I still ignore it until I've at least finished the first draft.

Carolyn V. said...

7,200 words? Sweet!

That editor loves to hope out when least expected (or wanted). Good luck on the NaNoWriMo!

L.T. Elliot said...

I've had a few days off but I'm getting there.

Congrats on just getting it out. I truly think it's so hard to quiet that internal editor.