Ack! Zokutou Where Are You??
My Zokutou Word meter no longer works. I keep getting account suspended when I try to access their site. This is on the same level of bad as when my unkymoods went AWOL. For months I didn't know what my mood was! Hopefully Zokutou will be back soon.
In the interim, Finding Home is at 58,500 words and motoring along. Although I think I've reached a point where I really need to print off what I have and read it because I have a feeling at this point I should be further along in the story. And I also think I have time gaps where the characters should be thinking about a main point in the story, but aren't.
But then I think, eh, just wait until you hash out the first draft and then go back and fill in the gaps. Get it down first, then worry about fixing it up.
I'm worried if I start to edit now, I'll get lost in revision before I even finish the story. And what if down the line in the second half I come up with ideas that would have altered the revisions of the first half, meaning I'd just have to re-revise. I know revising what I have now would probably make it easier for my critique partners to understand where the story is going, but then again, maybe my critique partners in their imminent wisdom, would be able to provide feedback and guidance that would alter where the story goes, thereby changing what would be revised and how. Hmm...I must ponder this.
What do you guys do? Plow through the first draft like a bat out of hell not worrying about editing as you go? Or do you write a little, edit a little, write some more, edit some more?