I want to, need to, hear from writers who have fallen away while editing or who have a good system to work steadily while editing. When I was writing my novel I got up at 6:30 every morning for months. I had a whole ritual. I went beyond the word count I had set for myself every week. I also wrote every evening, every moment I could steal; I was obsessed. I finished back in April. I intentionally over-wrote so as not to sensor myself plus the project is huge because it is based on the culture of the Scots, Africans and many tribes of Indians that interacted in the earliest days of Carolina. I ended up with about 300,000 words. I began editing on the anniversary of the Yamassee War which is the climax of the novel. It was going well but I felt as if I did not have a system in place because there was no word count to stick to . I decided that as long as I worked every morning I would be OK. Well I was wrong. I'm not OK. I haven't worked on the novel in a steady way for weeks, maybe more than a month. I think that while I was writing the story was where I spent most of my time. Then when kids came home from college and brought friends with them and my daughter who has not been home for years came to visit for a month before leaving for Germany for grad school, my mind shifted. I know that I work through obsessions. I believe in obsession. I'm older, so after years of obsessions I've become a master in a few areas. It works, in the long run. It's how I did all the research for my novel and then wrote it. But what is on is on and what is off is off. Things are back to normal but my writing is not. I would love to hear from others on how they beat back less important obsessions to get back to editing.