An Effective Method for Turning Off Your Inner Editor

By Jennifer Blanchard

If you’re a writer, you have an inner editor. You know, that voice deep inside your brain that tells you your writing sucks or that you have no idea what you’re doing?

Yea, that one.

That voice wants nothing more than for you to quit writing or to feel like you’re not good enough to be a writer. It wants nothing more than for you to question every word you write and spend countless amounts of time rewriting and rewriting and rewriting.

But don’t listen to what that inner editor tells you.

Tell Your Inner Editor Off
The other day on Copyblogger, Associate Editor, Jon Morrow, gave us 10 new ideas for getting inspired to write. And in that post, he suggested something totally spot-on: write a letter to your inner editor.

OK writers, get out your pens and paper (or open a new document on your computer) and tell your inner editor who’s boss.

Tell her how much you hate her. Tell her she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Say you’re not going to listen to her anymore.

Get everything off your chest—whatever the voice says that bothers you, write about it.

Communicating to your inner editor can help you work out any issues you have that keep you from writing.

Maybe you’re lacking in confidence. Maybe you are feel like you don’t have time. Maybe it’s more of a fear thing.

Whatever is bothering you, use the letter to get it all out.

Once you’re finished, set the letter aside, rip it up, throw it out…do whatever you want with it.

Now you can get back to your writing. Inner editor free.

Has this method worked for you? What was your experience like?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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