Sorry, I skipped day 8… American election exploding and all. Seeing as how I live in America, that was kind of a huge deal for my family, friends and me. Anyway, today I’d like to talk about that inner editor. I’ve been trying not to bring the inner editor up, like maybe it would go away, but I think it’s time.
For those of you who haven’t done NaNoWriMo before, an inner editor is an important tool–for later. For now, we have to turn it off. Pretty much, this means that when you are writing and you think, “Oh, this really sucks,” or “I give up. I hate this story”, you should just ignore it. Don’t edit before you’ve word-barfed your story onto paper. That’s when you can tear it apart and fix everything. In fact, you may find that you are a better rewriter than you are a writer.
One thing that many people don’t think about when it comes to writing is just how far that inner editor goes. You want to cut them off, but not to the point where you are writing stuff like “I hate this story omg please let this be over with. The characters do a thing and then they do another thing that’s it the end” in the middle of your book just for word count. You also don’t want to be making such major plot mistakes that it will take you twice as long to change later than if you thought about them now.
I’d say that the power of that inner editor is in the reviewing. That’s where I draw my line. When I write, I always start with what I wrote the day before and move into the story by rereading. Sometimes when I’m reviewing it like this, I might notice a grammar mistake or a good place for a description. And when I see it, I fix it. But I block the part of the inner editor that goes searching for it.
My challenge for you is to figure out how far you want your inner editor to be able to go, and where exactly you cut yourself off from being too critical in a first draft. If you haven’t done any of this yet, try writing today without thinking about it too much in technicality, but rather just get the story out.
Thanks for reading and don’t stop writing!