Have you ever tried to write a paragraph, rewrite it, read it again and found out it wasn’t capturing your idea perfectly so you edited once again?
How long did that last? Not so long most likely.
We bet you probably ended that writing session without achieving more than that paragraph. How long will you do that before you finish writing a short story? Maybe six months.
Yes we said it, six months.
When you try to write and edit at the same time, you’re doing TWO different activities.
The part of your brain that must write to get ideas out of your head and organise them — your internal writer — shies away from your inner editor.
The part of your brain that takes your first draft and turns it into something that shines — your internal editor — does his or her best work when you have a complete first draft.
Get the idea written down. Make sure you have emptied your heart out on paper. Then edit ruthlessly. You’d record more achievements.