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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group (2)


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My inner editor.
I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me... yeah... I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?)

First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the same inner editor that every so often is quite content with the words I put down on paper... um... screen... laptop thingy. She thinks she knows best but guess what?... here comes the second of all...

Second of all, in her head she "fills" in words that are not there. So she knows nothing, really. Once I put her on time out and read for myself, I have found a few missing "of's" "you's" and commas, etc. So why is she critical when she doesn't really know better? *shrugs* I just want to shake her up and say, "Stop picking or you will never, ever, be done. Nothing will satisfy you!" But then she says, (yes, she has a comeback) "Well, you don't really know, do you? Unless you keep trying you don't know if you can be satisfied with your work or not."

And so, here I am, wondering when do people step back and let it fly? When do you know the difference between being picky, really in need of tweaking, or just plain scared? You can either answer this or help me plot my inner editor's punishment, your choice. Either way I appreciate your thoughts ;)

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Also, off topic, those of you awesome bloggers who said you would be jumping up and down to help me with my cover reveal (I might be exaggerating the excitement here), I will be getting in contact with you soon for details. BUT the date is next Wednesday, July 10th. I cannot wait! And thank you for offering your lovely blogs to help me out! :D


30 comments:

  1. this is where my beta readers come in. i send them chocolate and just tell them to agree with me. naw... they are my true helpers with my writer "help me!" phases.

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    1. Yup, I have to send chocolate with my next one.. good idea! lol

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  2. Your inner editor sounds like a handful! I try to tune out the things that I know won't help, and listen to the things that actually need changing.

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    1. I try to do that too... then time will pass and I panic o_0

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  3. Beta's are the best. Just remember not to edit too much to where you end up where you started.

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    1. Yeahh that wouldn't be too fun lol

      I'm almost done, I think? but just want to make sure I catch all the details and then I worry the details aren't good enough. Bad inner editor, I have to trust myself, I know but... sigh

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  4. Your inner editor needs to be grounded.
    I'm up for helping you next week with the reveal!

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    1. She so does lol

      Thanks Alex, you've got mail ;)

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  5. Yeah, that inner editor needs a sock stuffed in her mouth.

    Can't wait for the reveal next week! :)

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    1. I agree!

      Yay, thanks for signing up :D

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  6. I have a novel and it's sequel on the back burner and a stand-alone I'm still writing the first draft for, so I can't advise you from a been-there-done-that perspective. This part of the writing process is where good critters and betas come in. They can read your ms and give you an objective opinion.

    Now. Let's go tie that editor up in the basement and gag her real good. :P

    Great post! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
    IWSG #118 until Alex culls the list again.

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    1. Yeah, I've had lots of help from betas and critters... but this inner editor chick won't give up, so whenever you are ready lets take care of her lol

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  7. Your inner editor sounds just like mine! And, eek, exciting re the book cover :)
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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    1. Well, I'm glad someone else suffers the same way. Misery loves company and all... lol

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  8. HAAA!!! Maybe we should just send mine and yours out for a night on the town! Hopefully they'll have so much fun, we won't hear from them until we need them. I have a blog post about this same issue. The thing that bugs me the most is when she tries to edit books I'm reading for fun. Seriously drives me over the edge. :D

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  9. Hey SK! Have you ever tried writing to music? I've found it's the only way I can write from raw emotion. I wear noise cancelling headphones and find the right instrumental piece, then I let it rip. It's ALWAYS messy, but i get so wrapped up in the feel of the scene, that it doesn't matter. I go back and fix it later. This only works for me in the first draft. I cannot ever edit to music. i must have complete silence. But when I need to turn off the editor and dredge up emotion and flow, music works like magic.

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    1. PK, I write to music ALL the time :D

      Editing is where I'm at... but I do that with music too. Honestly? I think my inner editor is just scared o_o

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  10. BTW I can help with your cover reveal... just email whatever deets you'd like featured. pakazo77@gmail.com

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    1. Oh yes, thank you. Email will be sent on Monday :D

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  11. Count me in for cover reveal!

    And send your inner editor on a nice, long vacation :)

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    1. Actually, I think I need the vacation. Let "her" suffer, she has it coming. lol

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  12. Great to hear about your cover reveal! Here's my congratulations. Contact me if I can help. I'd be glad to lend a hand.

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  13. I don't even think it's you! It's some evil being deep down in each of our souls that wants to keep us miserable and unsuccessful. Some call it the devil playing with our minds - that's my bet. So, feel free to sock that "person" in the mouth, stomp it underfoot, throw it in the fireplace, and get back to work. To make sure each of your ofs are in place and it all works, that's what beta readers and CPs are for! Keep up the good work, and to death with "it"! Writer’s Mark

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    1. You have it right, Nancy. That "person" needs to be taken cared of, like now. lol.

      I'm actually working on it so I can send it off to CP to make sure I caught all the little things in this edit, we'll see...

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  14. Me and my inner editor get along fairly well we just hate other people...lol. Well I can say that you are on the right track, which track? The one where you drive your self insane so you can be an author. :) welcome to the club.

    Can't wait to do the reveal, it will be awesome. And I may jump up and down a litte. :).

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    1. You and your inner editor get along? Show off.

      Glad to know going insane and being a psycho is all part of it, I almost feel better. Almost... maybe I just need a RedBull to feel better and then get back to it. Edits, here I come!

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  15. If I notice that inner editor getting the overhand, I simply turn of the laptop and go do something totally different. Maybe I'll read a book or two for a couple of days and then hit the MS again. If nothing else, ask those CPs what they think (like Nancy said). They are good at squishing that editor ;)

    Oh, and if you need more help with your cover reveal, let me know!

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    1. I wish I could turn off the laptop. I'm on a deadline and need this round done so I can squeeze in one more Crit before turning it over to the real Editor.

      Thanks for offering T., I'll email you soon ;)

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