This was my query to the BooksGoSocial gang on Facebook. This thread has received some interesting replies:
Anita Kovacevic: Flow is best, definitely. Unfortunately, not constant. When it gets to constructing and deconstructing, I get so discouraged and it fells forced, so I usually stop. For a while.
Katarina Kovcin: I can really relate to this problem. When I find this "rhythm" everything flows, otherwise, not so much. Morning writing usually do the trick with me. Anita, funny enough, my soon-to-be published book is about the patients' stories of a mental institution. I wrote those stories at night cause I saw that's when the language becomes "dark" and more unapproachable :)
Wendy Soliman: I write through it, then go back the next day and can usually see where I went wrong. But not always!
Paul Toolan: I keep falling back on the well-worn idea that you can't edit a blank page. Works for me. Mostly.
Andy Mengel: I just try to tell the story. I save tinkering for the editing phase.
Kate Sparkes: I'm like Andy. I generally find things flow during drafting, and I don't edit anything until later. But I do tinker a lot before my editor gets anything.
Mary Gregersen: I like to write at night when my creative mind feels less tethered. Then I do my editing later (much later usually), during the day, when my analytical mind is sharp.
My reply was: "I asked this question partly because I am in an unusual spot. I have decided to go forth with my next project Cowachunga on a serial basis, posting it online as I go. I am combining initial flow with an intensive editing process, in line with my goal of one section of original prose per week. It is called winging it I know––yet for a serious writer "winging it" comes with its own editing-related tethers. (The output must be something I am proud of and develop the edgy, suspenseful, darkly comedic nature of the story).
Why this life path, what goal but writing itself?