I really need to write more regularly. I mean, I have my internships and NicerNews, all of which force me to write on the daily basis. But my personal writing is what always gets neglected. I’ve been working on three novels for the past year or so (one I actually started when I was still in high school!), but none of them are even close to being done.
I have a really hard time writing without editing myself, which I think has become a bit of a downfall for my fiction. I’ll write a paragraph, edit the hell out of it and then get frustrated/tired because I’m questioning every period, semi-colon and adjective on the page. I’m constantly chanting to myself to "show, not tell." But it makes me not want to write because showing is so much harder than telling.
What I seem to forget is that I could write out a scene in its entirety and then go back to make it better when I’m done. That I can move the action forward and worry about the details later. I need to accept that its ok to write "She was angry" just to get through a page and to later go back and change it to something more descriptive, like how her fists were shaking as she jammed them into her pockets and stormed away. I seem to forget I can edit AFTER I write.
I complicate the writing process for myself… and I know that. And while I realize I need to stop constantly self-editing, its really hard to.