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The OCD author's pledge.

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Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:59 pm
missalaineus says...

Do you get hung up on every tiny syllable, every literary detail? As you try to pound out that rough first draft, can you not resist polishing to perfection on the way? Do you currently have a shining first chapter, but can't seem to get past that point because you worry about the kinks you have yet to buff out? This pledge is for you.

During my draft-writing, I pledge to:
--not hold down the backspace
--not touch the mouse
--not spend hours flipping through a thesaurus
--skip over the little details that you haven't worked out, and get back to them later
--keep that draft under lock and key until you've actually finished the darn book

Where are my people? If we could all stick to this pledge and save the editing until later, who knows how many new books we could have written in a few months? If you're too OCD about your writing, say so below!

I sign the pledge.
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Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:21 am
ZeroKelvin says...

I should probably try to stick to this pledge. Editing is what holds me back at the moment.
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Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:41 am
Payne says...

I feel so ashamed! Definitely guilty of this. I spent seven years going OCD on a novel.
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:21 pm
Jongosi says...

This is exactly what I need to do. I hate it when my internal editor starts tearing up a first draft before it's even finished. I'm going to print this out and put it on the wall next to my computer.
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:52 am
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GummyWorm says...

I ought to make this into a plaque and frame it on my desk, right in front of my face to remind me while I'm typing... Inner editor just crushes all my hopes and dreams of ever finishing a novel....
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Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:18 pm
missalaineus says...

Same here >.< My inner editor really tears me apart sometimes. I've been trying to stick to the pledge though, and I've been making progress! :D How are you guys progressing?
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Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:30 pm
ShadowPrincess16 says...

I should definitely stick to this. Unfortunately, I don't think that is at all possible. Oh well, I suppose I'll have to live with my supremely annoying Inner Editor. :)
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Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:37 am
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Fizz says...

Eugh, yes! I'm the worst. Actually, it is taking a lot of effort not to backspace all of this. Eugh? Is that a noise people can make?

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Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:14 pm
Octave says...

Dude if this was a club I'd so join it. >>

I'm going to take this pledge, but I don't think I'll be able to keep it very well. :S
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Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:53 am
Paracosm says...

Review unto others as you would have others review unto you.

Don't panic!

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EloquentDragon says...

ARGH! Are you kidding me? I make so many typos, I would DIE w/o backspace!!!
(Actually, it's not that's just everything i'd write would be illegible.)
P.S. I use a pen & paper for my first draft (usually) so I'm not tempted...the only editing I do is scratch outs when somethings really, over the top idiotic, spelled horribly, etc. But not very often...
Other than that I would do the pledge...neat post
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Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:25 am
WrittenInStone says...

Here I thought I was the only one! I'm glad there are others like me. I used to make the backspace stick and erase entire pages so that I could rewrite them. Ugh, it was so frustrating where every single error stood out like it was a blotch of red ink on a white page! I will definitely stick to this pledge, and might do as one of the above mentioned: framing it and hanging it in front of my face, over my writing desk so that it will remind me that until the first draft is done - my novel doesn't need to be torn apart. :)
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