The Editor Within
During my 2-minutes of writing (described in the mostly unedited first blog post) last night, I wrote and edited three lines, then deleted them all because the editor within was denouncing and correcting as I recorded thoughts. Finally, I wrote some version of the following, and at the last minute, I perfectly erased everything by sleepy-accident. I dejectedly closed the computer and went to bed. The following is that which I reconstructed of the post, just before I fell asleep.
And now a word about listening to the editor in your head.
The moment you realize you’re listening to a bossy and critical editor in your head, stop writing. I recommend being gentle because your editor could be a composite of voices that belong to other people or experiences. Dive down no rabbit holes of argument or self-defense.
Tell the editor:
“Time to stand down. Right now it is not your turn. Right now creative writing is going on and this is a work in progress. Your turn will be later, toward the end of the writing exploration. ”
This is me.