There are times you need to write, which means you somehow have to silence your inner editor. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Below is all my bad advice on how to silence him or her.
Tell your editor to shut up. Put your foot down.
Ask nicely. If being mean doesn’t work, try being polite?
Don’t do anything. Sometimes not forcing the issue is the best thing you can do.
Embrace the obnoxious editor. Befriend him or her.
Ignore. Hopefully they can take a hint. Or at least learn to.
Blast music. Turn the volume up. Careful you don’t shatter your ear drums in the process.
Listen. Maybe your head is trying to tell you something. After you hear yourself out, maybe your inner editor will finally stop bothering you. One can hope.
Lock them in a cage and throw the key away. Or just imagine doing so.
Practice. Just keep writing.
Never write another word in your life. Non-writers don’t have to deal with annoying inner editors, right? It doesn’t seem like such a bad life.
How do you edit a novel? You sit down and edit it.
How helpful am I?
- Have a plan. What’s your short-term and long-term goal? Edit a chapter tonight? Have your entire novel edited by next year? When will you edit? The morning, afternoon, night? How long each time? 20 minutes or 2 hours? What’s your focus? Dialogue, character development, spelling and grammar? At the very least, don’t plan to fail by failing to plan.
- Have a back-up plan. How often do original plans work out? Or back-up plans for that matter? What if another story seizes you and won’t let you go? Will you write a new story and edit your novel at the same time? What if you lose steam half-way through? Can you steam-roll trough or do you plan to take a break? What if a zombie apocalypse happened today? What if an army of aliens landed tomorrow? You have to prepare for these scenarios.
- Execute. Plans don’t work unless you do. Novels don’t edit themselves. What other common saying can I twist to my liking?
- Adjust and adapt. If something isn’t working for you, what do you do? You change it. Fix whatever is broken. Even if nothing is broken but you know your routine could be improved, improve it.
If only I followed my own advice.
I’m not even sure how to explain what I’m doing in this post.
Hopefully you understand.
Adept. Hardened. Wise.
He or she delivers every time. And even though you might’ve been naughty, trust them to fix your comma splices, correct your dangling modifiers, and save your spotless reputation.
Charming. Easy-going. Funny.
Mischievously good at working miracles. It’s magic.
Generous. Open. Reliable.
They know what they’re doing and they will do what they know how to do. You can bank on it.
Eager. Diligent. Unpredictable.
Don’t underestimate their knowledge. You might learn a thing or two from someone younger than you.
There are a lot of people in this world you shouldn’t have in your life.
Below are the ones you should if you want to keep your sanity intact.
- Awesome people
As a writer I make it my mission not to lie to other writers.
Writers are right more often than they are not. If you want a statistic, they are right 99.9 percent of the time. Says who? Says me. The writer. And this isn’t one of those 00.1 percent instances where I’m wrong.
But if you still don’t believe me, here’s a list of reasons.
- Writers are readers. Meaning they read. Meaning they learn. Meaning they acquire knowledge mere non-writers will never acquire. Muhaha.
- Writers are writers. They write words and rearrange these written words. So their grasp of the language they write in is very advanced. You should never question what they say in regards to grammar or spelling. Because they have experience and wisdom.
- Writers are editors. Editors know what they’re doing. They wouldn’t be editors if they didn’t.
- Writers are researchers. And you can be sure they fact check everything.
Am I right or am I right?
Ideas are abundant when I’m at home. Ideas are limited when I’m at school.
Words love me when I need to publish a post. Words escape me when I need to write a paper.
Deadlines set by professional writers, bloggers, and editors do not faze me when I am expected to meet them. Deadlines set by teachers do.
So many things peeve me. Humans—non-writers in particular—have a tendency to test my patience, which is non-existent as you can tell.
While my pet peeves are a never-ending list, my current one is as follows:
When people say one school (university, college, etc.) is more prestigious than another. I’m annoyed anytime anyone claims one school is better or more well-known based upon very biased opinions.
Editors and agents won’t care where I went for post-secondary. On the other hand, the industry does care if writers can write. By write, I mean write well. Like really well.
Everyone needs to stop telling me to go to a specific school solely because the institution has seemingly established a name for itself.
Rant over. Anger absolved…slightly.
To many teenagers,
You need to learn how to read, how to write, and how to edit.
It would be greatly appreciated.
An avid reader, an aspiring writer, and an amazing editor.
Is it pretentious to make such a request even though I am a teen myself?