Quick entry tonight, as this just occurred to me as I was editing. What's your flaw? What do you always catch yourself doing as you write, what can't you stop yourself from doing no matter how hard you try? And would you stop if you could?
For me, it's overwriting. I cut a lot of words while editing, and that's because I tend to write a half-dozen words when two would do. It's like, if there's a casual way and a formal way to put something, I'll use the formal way, even if it's ridiculously inappropriate. In TAW, I think some of that is character voice, but still. Even when I was writing college students, I overwrote, and ended up shortening their dialogue and descriptions a great deal.
On the plus side, I know to look out for this while editing, and I'm used to it. So I know what I think is a wonderful turn of phrase while writing, I'll roll my eyes at while editing, and cut it out without a second thought. If nothing else, I'm used to murdering my darlings, because there's so damned many of them. @_@ Sometimes I write something and think, "Yeah, I'll have to fix that later," and sometimes I try to fix it right away. But most of the time I just keep writing. And later, I wince, and cross that passage out.
I also use the word 'all' way too much, though that might be just this book.
Now, I'm not asking for any self-pity parties here. If insecurities were winning lottery tickets, writers would be the richest people in the world. I'm just curious - what do you do that you know you'll have to fix later? Are you okay with this? Do you even try to stop yourself? And, best of all, have you ever written something you knew you shouldn't have and kept it anyway, because it actually worked out well?
Next entry: no idea! I'm off to Blizzcon this weekend, and it's a wonder I can think of anything else right now. Bwa ha ha!