For those of you who haven't read any of Ellen Kushner's books, well, I just have to put my hands on my hips and say, "And you call yourself a slasher!" Seriously, if you love fantasy and slash, you'll love Swordspoint, The Fall of the Kings, and Privilege of the Sword. She also has written a wonderful book called Thomas the Rhymer, which won a World Fantasy Award. (It is well done and possibly more acceptable to the general public as the lead characters are firmly het.)
Anyway, in this interview Ellen said something about writing that first draft that I REALLY need to take to heart. She wrote "Bash it out now and tart it up later" on a card and pinned it over her computer. So, I did the same thing. We'll see if it works. LOL.
Also in that interview she had a link to an article called, "The Watcher at the Gate" about the self-sabotaging of the inner critic. I missed that link in the article the first time around, so reproducing it for you here.