The Dance Between Writing and Editing
Here's the thing I've always failed to understand: People say you shouldn't write and edit at the same time. The act involve two separate processes in the brain: divergent and convergent thinking. But when I'm editing something and find it necessary to add more details, to ground the existing words in a scene, then am I writing, or editing?
That's where I get stuck much of the time, in this writing/editing limbo, trying to describe the family rec room of my childhood and bring the scene to life but really just frittering away an hour adding and deleting adjectives to accompany the word "love seat."
Maybe I need to be more ruthless in my intention. Maybe I need to say: Editing this scene requires the addition of X, which I need to write, so I am going to stop editing and relegate my inner critic to the wings and and write two shitty pages of X.