Editing

How To Silence Your Inner Editor

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.

Writing

Day 28—NaNoWriMo: What are your plans for December?

What are your plans for December?Sleep. Eat. Repeat.

Sleep. Read. Sleep.

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

You deserve a reward for working so hard in November.

You also deserve a break from your inner editor/critic.

You most of all deserve to be satisfied with your writing.

So do whatever you would like to do in the month of December in celebration. Besides, this is your life. And if anyone tries to tell you something different, they’ll have to put up with the wrath of a writer.

And we all know a writer is capable of many things. Like finishing a novel in one month. Am I right?

The end is near. Keep going. Keep writing.

Writing

Day 27—NaNoWriMo: Are you a real writer?

I realize that many of you are probably tired for obvious reasons. So I promise to give you a straightforward question today.

Are you a real writer?Trick question; obviously, you are. If you weren’t a writer you wouldn’t be attempting to write a novel in a month, would you? Silly me. My brain must be malfunctioning from lack of sleep, food, water, air, and all of life’s essential needs. Like this post if you can relate. Like this post even if you can’t relate.

And since I consider myself a writer, I’ll be cheering every other aspiring novelist on. I’ll clap for you at the finish line and we can throw a party on November 30th regardless of your word count. You tried. 7 billion other people didn’t.

So party away with whatever you accomplished this month, okay? Reward yourself. You’re different than everyone else because you are a writer, but you’re still human, so don’t forget to catch up on some sleep in December. Sounds like a good plan, no?

Take care because Christmas will soon be here.

Writing

Day 20—NaNoWriMo: Is Your Inner Editor Dying To Come Out?

I’m ready to switch things up especially since we are less than 2 weeks away from the end of November and the start of December. But honestly, I don’t want to bore my readers either. Notice the title, format, context modifications? So if you ever have a suggestion, idea or concern regarding this blog feel free to speak up via comment, email, anything really. Or forever hold your peace.

My prior experience has taught me that while attempting to write fifty-thousand words in a month, it isn’t the brightest idea to try to edit at the same time.
Is your inner editor dying to come out?Silence that voice. Cage him or her in for 10 more days. Yes, you read that correctly. 10 more days. Then your editor can run wild all they want.

All the best,

Herminia