1. The problem with spending so long editing a novel is shutting off the editor when its time to return to writing.
After months of editing, I found it difficult to switch gears and create something new, even though I have all the parts I need to start a new novel. That internal editor of mine is stubborn.
I wrote some short stories. I started really short, just 500 words, because that was all I could manage without scrutinizing it to death. Then I wrote a longer one, 1000 words, and then 2000 words. This has also been a tremendous help in building up my writing pace. As a bonus, I got to try on new voices, which helped to exorcise the old novel from my mind.
The first few scenes of the new novel are short, but steadily building. Not only does this help me kick aside the editor and build up to my preferred pace of a minimum of 1200 words per day, but it establishes a quick pace for the opening of this story, which helps keep it interesting. (Not that it will stay this way. It can all be changed in the next draft. I'm just saying this helps me stay interested.)
2. My internal editor has slashed the life out of reading for pleasure. All I see are faults, lines I want to mark with red pen, characters I want taking a different arc.
The only cure for this, I'm afraid, is to keep reading until I find something I can get lost in.
What do you do to turn off the internal editor? Let me know in the comments. I need the suggestions.