Silencing the Internal Editor
Working on book 2 of my series has brought up an issue I haven’t experienced before. Normally when I sit down to write, it’s all about telling the story. My internal editor makes some noise and complains a lot over spelling and mis-typed words, but that’s about it. This time though, my internal editor is going haywire with commentary.
I’m querying book 1 as I work on book 2, and I think that is what has set off my editor. Now it’s demanding, loudly: Will people like this story as a follow-up to the previous story? Is the tone and tension consistent with previous book? Does the appeal of book 1 carry over into book 2?
Some of the questions are valid ones, like keeping the tone in both books. But none of the questions will matter if I can’t get the story written, and the nagging questions are seriously stemming the flow of this work.
So I have to ignore my editor. I will drown it in the words flowing out through my fingers into the computer. Mask it in the character’s dialogue and shove it aside with their movements. Anything and everything to get that voice to be quiet so I can get the story out.
11/5/2019 01:44:31 pm
It can be tough. As writers, we're creative and using one side of our brains and then we're supposed to switch sides during editing. Like we're all Jeckyl and Hides. Muhahahaha!!
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