How do you chase away your evil editor?
This week’s question is by Linda Apple:
Do you have that Evil Editor perched on your shoulder like a buzzard squawking at every word? How do you overcome trying to make the first draft perfect and just get the story written?
PAMELA: When I sit at the computer there’s nothing but the character and me. I never second guess myself when I’m writing. It’s only words. If I don’t like what I’ve written the next day, so what? That’s why they make that delete button.
However, I begin each day’s writing by going back over what I wrote the day before. That gets me back into the character and it’s the first time I edit. That’s when I hear the voices of the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop. The members live in my head and whisper encouragement and suggestions in my ear.
I cut and paste, chop the heads from prairie…
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