The gem came from a mentor - an experienced and skilled (an published writer).
I just wanted to share pieces of the conversation (edited down just a bit):
friend AR: Win or not win, writing real and well is a triumph.
me: so true, A
mentor BHH: Trust that inner voice. And don't edit while you write. Just write.
BHH: You know how to do this. If you need me to look at anything, let me be the naggy editor voice, not you.
me: I'd appreciate another set of eyes on the part I'm going to submit. I have the basic chapters written. Over time, which means changes in voice and quality, of course - but also means there are different tenses...
friend E: be true to yourself!! :o) ♥
BHH: Your questions are left brain. Just write the story. I'll help you with the organization. I'm excited too. Love what I saw of it.
I needed this conversation. I had an "ah ha" moment when I read "your questions are left brain." Yes. They are. A time and place, for sure. But for now, focus on the story.
And I do know how to do this. I'm beginning to see where I get myself trapped as editor while I'm still being the writer. Or at least I am at this moment. Not always - but recently.
Thank you, friends and mentor, for these words. I've made great progress since you said these things.