In preparing for NaNo I've been reading strategies from other authors. One piece of advice that keeps coming up is not to edit. Just keep writing, let the words flow, free write.
That's just crazy!
I tried that last year. All those red lines made me angry. And don't say turn off that function. My brain knows they're there.
Nothing was more annoying than going through and having to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a 50,000 word manuscript. That's even if I find them. I'm going to make enough mistakes without letting the obvious go.
Now, that's not to say I'm going to revise. Revision is different. That's when you make sure your character has red hair throughout and you're staying in character ever scene. Revision will slow down the process.
I'm talking about all those pesky spelling and grammatical errors.
I hear people say it, but how many writers do you really think lets them go? Maybe you're one of them. More power to you, because I can't do that.
So maybe it makes my word count take longer, but in the end, I'm not angry because I have to go back and correct a bunch of stuff.
How about you? Are you a compulsive editor? Or can you let it go?
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