One of my biggest struggles in writing is impatience. Every time I see the perfect solution, or the end of the scene coming up fast (only 500 words left to write!), or a character going through a change (I know how to show it!), I rush. And curbing this impatient need to rush is a struggle still, with which my editor is helping me. Because every time I rush, I end up rewriting everything I wrote.
So be patient. Take your time. GET AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND SMELL THE FLOWERS. Because patience will pay off in the long run.
This is primarily the issue with excitement. Whenever you get excited and write like crazy—just cranking out words at lighting speed—it feels amazing, doesn't it? You’re in the flow. The danger of this type of writing is getting too excited and veering off structure.
IT’LL TAKE FOREVER TO DIG YOURSELF OUT OF THE DEAD-END YOU WROTE YOURSELF INTO.
Yep. Happened to me countless times, and still happens.
The best solution I came up with is stepping away. Physically. To calm the fuck down. And in particular, to step away from all screens.
In our society the unnecessary busy-bee kind of behavior is encouraged and applauded to, like you're supposed to be rushing somewhere to be productive. Bullshit. It only creates a huge waste of time and resources, and a subsequent burnout. Think the turtle and the hare story, and be the turtle. You'll get there, slowly but surely.