Recently a conversation was had in one of my critique groups as to our approach on critiques and editing before the first draft is complete.
My input: When I first started writing the manuscript I've been working on (for just about forever), I constantly went back to make edits from critiques and found I was not moving forward with the manuscript. I kept getting stuck in getting each chapter "perfect."
After many many months of frustration, a light bulb finally went off and my intuitation (or was it one of my characters voices) told me..."Hey, will you just finish this manuscript already and edit later. I'm getting tired of rattling around in your head." I had a terrific "Duh Moment" and went with this. I'm now approaching the finish line in FINALLY finishing my first draft.
What's your approach in finishing your first draft? I'd love to hear what your process is and how you overcame your frustrations.