Is it possible to silence your inner editor? As a write, edit, and revise one chapter before you start another type of author, I never saw the value in doing that. It means that my first draft is near-final quality when I type “The End.” It also makes the task of beta reading much easier on my critique partners.
Enter NaNoWrite 2010 and my entire writing style is called into question—and for good reason! I crank out my required 1666 words per day, give myself a pat on the back, and log my progress. Then I go back and edit, takes out entire strings of dialogue, and move scenes around. The end result is usually a few hundred words less than what I logged in. Now I am charged with making that word count up the following day.
My local group of NaNoers keep telling me to STOP EDITING! A friend of mine suggested I have run two versions of the same ms – "one for NaNo and one for me to screw around with.” That seems like a lot of cutting and pasting to me. LOL!
As of last night I am fully caught up and have a little over 19,000 of polished, near final-draft quality words. Unless you guys have any sage advise on how to silence my inner editor, I figure I just need to up my world count to 2500 a day to accommodate my compulsion.