I’ve been reading all these posts on NaNoWriMo lately and feeling very jealous. I find myself waxing nostalgic on the joys of writing that first draft. There’s really nothing like it. It’s raw creativity mode. Anything goes. Just go with your ideas and let them soar.
It occurred to me that it’s been seven (almost eight?) months since I’ve been actually producing new material. That’s seven months of all editing, only editing, all the time. I must admit, I grow weary of it. I think one of the things that makes it so tough is the lack of positive feedback. That first time through is all about “Go! go! go! This rocks! Keep going!” From yourself. From your Alpha readers.
Editing is the opposite. And it’s hard to stay in that “this sucks, gotta fix it, now wait . . . now fix again, because this still sucks, now wait . . . now fix again” mode for so long.
So what are some ways you beat the editing fatigue? Or are you all happily frolicking in NaNo land and don’t know what I’m talking about? *sighs* That’s what I thought.