Monday, March 29, 2010

That Pesky Internal Editor

Hi everyone. It's Twila here. (Oh boy, I wonder if that makes sense. Of course I'm here. Do they really need to know that?) Cec let me out of my cage for a few minutes to interject his answer tyo (Oops, that should be to.) someone's burning question about the infernal editor. (Okay, strike that. I meant to put internal editor. And did I really say burning question? I better strike that too. I know Cec will accuse me of using a cliché.)

Anyhow, here's what Cec asked me to post. I hope it will help you. Maybe it'll do me some good as well.

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Susan asked: How do I turn off my internal editor when typing that first draft?

I plan to write about that issue later, but here's a brief answer: It takes self-discipline. The more self-demanding you are, the more difficult the task.

I had to keep reminding myself that I could go back and clean up the mess after I'd written it. I also reminded myself that I would probably never finish if I stopped to make changes.

Most professionals write first and edit second.


  1. Love this! How'd you know just how my brain works?

  2. Yes, the internal editor - a constant and critical companion.

  3. I wondered this too, but didn't think to ask! Thanks for sharing Twila and Cec.


  4. You were right the first time, Twila. You DID mean "infernal editor." Blessings!

  5. I look forward to learning more, and yes Twila. You got it right the first time. Infernal editor it is.


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