The first draft, you could say, is a war zone. Spellings are butchered, grammatical structures are annihilated, and Plot cohesion? It didn’t even show up to the battlefield. Oh, and let’s not forget, it’s generally around that two-thirds mark that many writers give up on their writing during NaNo.
And it’s easy to brush it aside, but it’s hard to wholly give the Inner Editor the sack. In fact, I would say Mr. Inner Editor might work better for the time as a guilt monkey. Every time it says, “you can’t do this,” or “your grammar is falling into the abyss” just crank out a few thousand more words.
It works a lot better than just allowing it to destroy your motivation to write. Believe me, Inner Editors have incredible motivation-breaking powers. Wars have been fought and lost by writers over grammar mistakes, plot cohesion and the ever dreaded, how am I even going to end this sucker, and what is up with this muddled mess that’s the middle of my Novel? And let’s not even go into how far your current plot is from the one you were planning on writing. The Inner Editor’s main mode of attack is on everything that’s wrong, and can possibly go wrong.
It doesn’t make you less of a writer, but ignoring the crap is part of winning the first draft battle. The Editor can have its fun when, you know, you’re done with the draft. That’s taking control of the first draft. That’s winning the battle.