- Between you and the reader.
- Between the reader and the characters or subject.
- Between you and the editor.
- Between you and your agent.
- Between you and other writers.
- Visual in process, focusing more on patterns and images.
- Generally intuitive, led by feelings.
- Is the epitome of multi-tasking, able to process ideas simultaneously.
- Progresses from the big picture to the details.
- Lacks organization, utilizes free association.
- More verbal, needs to find specific words to express ideas.
- Analytical, led by logic.
- Takes things step by step, one idea at a time.
- Organizes details first before moving to the big picture.
- Very organized, utilizing lists and detailed plans.
- Don’t give in to temptation. Our Inner Editor gets stronger the more frequently we give in to his demands. If he thinks you need a certain word before you can finish that sentence, stay strong. Type xxx and go on. Later, during the rewriting process, you’ll have plenty of time to find the right word. At this point in your manuscript, speed is your best friend.
- Set a daily and weekly word count goal. This can often sidetrack the Inner Editor because of his need to meet a goal. Sometimes, in his drive to succeed he can even become an ally.
- Make lists in a separate notebook. Use your computer for the story, but if the need for details overshadows the creative urge, make a quick note in a notebook. Don’t let yourself get bogged down.
- Don’t give in to fear. Many times our Inner Editor is driven by fear. Fear that this draft isn’t good, won’t work or just doesn’t make sense. Remind yourself that this version isn’t written in stone. Sometimes just giving ourselves permission to write a crummy first draft is all we need to derail our inner editor.
- First, make certain you’re setting the example you want followed. By that I mean keep regular hours. Notice I said regular hours—not normal ones. For years I wrote with young children. That meant writing in the afternoons and after they were in bed. Just because you’re working odd hours doesn’t mean you can’t have a schedule.
- Second, treat what you’re doing like you’re serious. If you blow off writing for shopping and lunch several times a week your friends and family won’t understand if you don’t stop for them.
- Third, be consistent. If you’re not accepting calls from your mother-in-law because you’re working, don’t spend the afternoon on the phone with your best friend. Stay focused on your writing. This is even more critical if your time is at a premium.
- Fourth, recruit a support team. Instead of adversaries, enlist your friends and family to help you reach your writing goals. Communicate those goals, clearly and frequently. Ask for their help to reach them. After all, what mother doesn’t want to help her baby succeed!
- Fifth, share your victories. Let those that help you share in the joy of goals accomplished and milestones reached.
Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog,The Write Conversation. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. She currently has two books available, the best selling eBook, Social Media Marketing for Writers, and her latest project, a devotional for those with family members in the military, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle.Married 30 years to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they have raised three sons.
interacting with our readers and each other than ever before. In addition to
email, there are blogs to read and comment on, Facebook and Twitter to connect,
not to mention the new options of YouTube and LinkedIn. But this excitement can
also lead to overload and burnout. Here are some tips to help you ease in
without overwhelming valuable writing time.
- Set Priorities – I recommend you pick
one or two applications to concentrate on before you move on to others. For
example, I started with a blog and Facebook about the same time, but waited
until I was comfortable keeping them current before I added Twitter and
LinkedIn into my routine.
- Set a Time Limit – I could spend all
day moving from emails, to Facebook, to blogs, to Twitter, to . . . well you
get the idea. I set specific times to do my social networking. There are
exceptions, but for me to actually write—which is the point, after all—I have
to stick to a schedule.
- Realize There’s a Learning Curve – When
something new comes along—I have to give myself permission to not be an instant
expert. We hear buzzwords like intuitive and
user friendly and immediately think
there’s something wrong with us if we don’t pick it up easily.
- Don’t Fall for the Hype – I’m guilty of
being one of those who’s excited about new ways to connect. In the spirit of
encouragement, I’ll tell those around me, “You’ve got to try ____________________!” There are lots of cool applications out
there—but none of them is the right answer for everyone.
- Accept that Social Networking Makes
EVERYONE Feel Overwhelmed – I don’t care who they are, or who they work
for—no one can keep up. The business is just changing too quickly. Feeling overwhelmed
is part of the picture, just accept it and go on.
it—but even I have to be careful and not let it take over my life. Seth Godin,
one of the most popular bloggers on the Internet recently posted a blog about ways to keep this monster in check. If he struggles with this issue,
there’s definitely hope for the rest of us.
the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing
blog, The Write Conversation.
She has two bestselling books, an eBook, Social
Media Marketing for Writers, as well as a devotional available in
print and eBook format, Fighting
Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle.