Sorry if the title of my post gives you a bad visual, but I want to edit my MS soooooooo bad right now. I've got some great feedback on my first few chapters, and I want to go back and fix them. Right now. But I made a promise to myself....no editing unless I have something major that has to be fixed before I can move on.
My head feels like it could explode. It's that perfectionist personality that I have. The thought of having those pesky little things just sitting there, begging to be tweaked, is driving me insane.
But on the other hand, my characters are starting to whisper to me now. When are you going to finish the story??!! We're waiting....
When I started writing, I had no idea how much I would like the revising part. I just figured I would be so excited to write the story, that the editing would be a pain. And I probably will feel like that when the first draft is done. But a part of me feels that I can't do a good job if I leave a mess behind me. It's like an addiction!
Now, I have made a little progress this weekend. I got 1100 new words in, but I need to do better. I'm thinking of setting a daily word count goal. I resisted doing that before because I figured it would kill all creativity, but I've got to do something. Or else this book may never be finished!
How do you resist the urge to go back and edit your MS to death before it's finished?