When I’m in the creative flow, the words come easily, without hindrance. However, when I shift over to editing mode, to polish the words, the well seems to dry up. The hypercritical internal editor does not seem to be compatible with the internal novelist. I know, I know. It’s a little weird to call them out as separate characters, however, they’re so very different. They feel like different characters in a story.
It seems like the only way to balance the two ways of perceiving is to give them their own stage. For the most part, I am tending to schedule my time month by month – a month of outlining and writing, followed by a month of editing and polishing. When I’ve tried switching between the two on the same day, neither the writing nor the editing is any good.
This is in addition to the more normal challenges of switching between being in work mode for my full-time job and carving out that two hours a day to attend to the various aspects of being a writer.
I wonder if others have the same issue? Do you have trouble switching between editing and writing?
I actually found the transition quit easy. The main thing is to forget about the story in a way, especially when ironing out the grammar, chronology or whatever else outwith the story.
Doing that leaves me free to concentrate on editing 100%, I get in the zone and that lets me do editing without being caught up in too many mind games.
Thanks for sharing your approach to switching between writing and editing.