Time for the ultimate editing showdown: fix your plot holes and story problems as you go, or wait for the end and go back? It’s head-to-head time for these two competitors, so let’s ring the bell and get in there!
Fix That Shit Now
-Less of a nagging sense of doom hanging over the project.
-Can fix the problem while it’s fresh in the mind.
-Nothing to pile up on the MS to-do list, turning it into an impassible quagmire of shit.
-Might realize the fix was another mistake, leading to another fix.
-Endless reiteration through the same five chapters of the manuscript can lead to overclocking your brain and having it melt all over your desk.
-Possibility of never finishing the goddamned thing.
Fix That Shit Later
-Can concentrate more on what’s happening right now in your story.
-Fixing things while in editing mode is easier than trying to fix them in cracked-out-zero-draft mode, because you are marginally less of a lunatic.
-FINISHING. Oh god, finishing, sweet sweet finishing.
-The world might end, rendering the problem moot.
-Might forget what the fix is supposed to be.
-Hard to reference early events if they’re different but you haven’t written them yet.
-Makes actual finish date seem like three days past never, possibly leading to giving up writing altogether and starting your own goat-weaving collective.
Edit later on zero drafts and anything else where you’ve got to dump out your brain contents before your sort them; edit now for second drafts, editing passes, and other, more difficult, story wrangling.
I HAVE SPOKEN.
*DING DING DING*