I haven't written any fiction for over a year. Yes, a year. Can I even say "I write fiction" anymore? I don't think so.
When discussing writing with a superior today, I quoted James Michener and said, "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."
Editing is great. I don't want anyone to ever read a word I write until it's been edited.
But, I don't just edit. I pick apart everything until there's nothing left. The result is that nothing I write is ever finished. Therefore, I don't feel as though I can tackle another project, become frustrated with the current one and stop. Just stop.
One year ago, I put away a manuscript I'd been working on for close to a year. I'd edited it, tweaked it and rewrote parts of it for months. Then, when I'd had enough, it went into a folder and hasn't been touched. I want to dust it off and look at it again, but the task seems so daunting. And scary!
So, when it's all said and done, maybe I'm an excellent writer but not a very good rewriter.