Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Tricks to FINALLY shut up your internal editor

We've all had that feeling. That feeling when you're writing your draft, then BAM! You look at the sentence you just typed and say          
                  "Maybe I can just make that a little better."

 Sure one time seems like nothing, but add the time of all those other sentences that need a little brushing up, and you have a problem. Who is to blame for this? Your internal editor of course! This is an annoying problem for writers of all sorts, and today I will tell you how to shut him/her up.

Tip #1: Hide the words, if your inner editor can't see the words, she'll have nothing to fix.

Tip #2: Promise your editor that they'll have their time to shine soon, but you just have to finish writing.

Tip #3: Distract your inner editor. Since your editor has a mind for fixing things, let her focus on other things than your writing.

I hope you found these helpful. If you did not everyone is different in the way that they do things. If you have a different tip for shutting up your inner editor, put it down below in the comments.


  1. Yes, I think the OCD of rechecking work which has been published is a thorn in the foot for any writer. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  2. I got taught to write first and edit later. Even if you're in the middle of writing sentence and you feel like it's coming out horribly, keep writing. You'll be able to come back to it later and fix things. It's one of my worst writing habits and it's really challenging, but my writing always turns out better.