During my new chaos project, I've had to shut down my inner editor. It's been quite freeing, actually.
I'm the type of writer who generally writes a few chapters, edits a few chapters, writes a few more, edits a few more...and since Bix ended, this process hasn't been working for me. I haven't finished a manuscript in months--years :(
So, this time around, I'm trying to save the editing until I've typed THE END. I'm using post-its to remind myself of things I might need to fix or research--depending on the project.
In my YA WIP, Nobody Number Nine, there are ten separate viewpoint characters--ten voices. But, instead of trying to get their voices down now, I'm just getting the story out. And when I go back, I'll tweak their styles and rhythms. And my post-its will help be refine them.
Yesterday, on The Sister, I began a scene that may or may not go into the book. But as a writer, I needed to know how the main character, Annie, found out her identical twin, Sasha, had died/been killed/committed a terrorist suicide.
I think the scene will probably end up as a flashback, but it doesn't matter, because it moved the story ahead in my mind and helped me understand Annie a little bit more.
This new style doesn't come naturally to me. I have to literally stop myself from flipping back pages to make changes on them or tell myself to keep going. I've always written pretty clean "first drafts". Probably because they aren't true first drafts, they're more like fourth drafts by the time I let anyone read them.
Like La Nora, I also write pretty lean first drafts. I can't imagine how lean these will be without constant tweaking. But, like she says, I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page.