Guest Post: Living with the Dreaditor

G’day dear readers. Join myself and fellow editor Liz Broomfield at LibroEditing today where I’m discussing the trials of being both a professional writer and editor. A sneak peek:

We all know that voice. The one in our head that says, “My Godiva, woman, did you really just string five adjectives in a row to describe your character’s appearance?” Or, “What-what-what!? You do know that dangling modifier makes you sound like a complete goon, right?” We’ll call that voice “The Dreaditor”—the evil, amorphous being that skulks within the crevasses of our brains and tries at every turn to squash our creative voice into so much jumble-y pulp.

For a lot of writers, the inner editor is worse than having Spock after he’s downed ten cups of coffee quoting bad lines from Star Trek directly into our ears in a bid to create order out of our creative chaos. “Are you sure it isn’t time for a colourful metaphor?” ~ Spock,”The Voyage Home” Or, “Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.” ~ Spock, “I, Mudd”). Continued here.

Liz asks some very compelling questions that I thought I’d pass on to you all as well. Do you also hear the voice of your Dreaditor every time you write? How do you manage to not let it stifle your creative flow? Can you edit as you go along?

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4 Replies to “Guest Post: Living with the Dreaditor”

  1. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    I always edit as I go along, which tends to REALLY slow down my writing. I’m working on finding ways to improve that. I used to be able to write without censoring thoughts and my dreaditor, but then something changed in my writing process after I came back to writing after years of not doing much at all.

    1. Tammy Salyer Post author

      I know what you mean, Jeri. But I find when I get stuck on an idea or sentence and go back to edit what I’ve already written, that often helps refocus my intent and unstick me to allow me to continue. Does that ever happen to you?
      Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

        I do feel going back does help with refocusing. I just wish I could get a little faster at the overall process 😉 Oh, and don’t think I’ve disappeared. I’m adding you to my RSS reader rather than following via WordPress.