I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to some things- writing included. And most of the time, I don't feel this is a good thing. I think that it's hindering me from finishing any writing projects lately. And that's driving me crazy! I have all these good ideas that get me inspired, but then once I start writing it out, that's where the nasty perfectionism comes to play.
I'm not a plotter. Well, at least, I don't plot every single thing. I get a general story idea, I think of many options for it to go in, and I just start to write. I've tried outlining and plotting. It doesn't work for me.
So I get a chapter written, or a scene, whatever. These days I can't seem to get to a full chapter because of one reason or another. Although, my latest project, which if I can get done, will be a first in a series that I find really intriguing. I think it will be somewhat original and unique, and that's always a good thing these days.
The first chapter is written. I've sent it off to a critique partner, and also have it posted in a crit group that I'm in. I've gotten good feedback, I've got people intrigued. Hey, that's good!
Yet, I've been stuck on chapter 2 forever! I keep re-writing it. I think I'm on my 4th or 5th. Ugh! And of course, by this time, I start to get burnt out. Well, that's not good at all.
So, I'm reaching out and asking some questions now. I need to get motivated again. I keep getting stuck in a rut.
Do you write your whole novel out, no matter how bad a draft it is, and go from there- sending it to crit partners, ect?
If so, if there are major changes to be made to your ms, how do you handle those? Would it be better to go chapter by chapter and edit as you go along? (I've heard good and bad about this)
I've done the whole submit a chapter at a time thing- then I get results, and with everyones thoughts, I go back and look at what I've written, and then I want to rewrite it. That obviously slows down the process of going on to the next chapter and going from there. I need a switch off button for the perfectionist editor/reviser in me. At least until I complete a first draft. But....where's the off switch?
That concludes my writing rambling of the day. I look forward to some thoughts and input.