I have tried to start 4 other novels in the past. I always got wrapped around the axle trying to be prefect as I wrote. Constantly checking, revising, editing as I went. Then I would go back and change it as I thought of something.
It crippled me to the point that I could not get past act 2 in a 3 act story.
I decided this time I was going to hammer through and never go back until the first draft was done.
I found it to be very productive. I wrote more, faster and hopefully better.
After my first cut/edit I have lined up my niece/friend Holly to do the spelling and grammar edit. She loves editing and I am lucky she is willing to take it on, FOR FUN!