Have You Killed Your Editor?
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When you pick up a pen, are you writing or editing?
If you are editing, you will find yourself mostly stuck, questioning your sentence structure, your grammer … whether or not you used an adjective to describe a verb or adverb to describe a noun or pronoun to conjuctify a conjunction (whatever that means) … you would experience a sort of self imposed writers block. Not because you have nothing to write….but because you are always criticizing your every word, like that beautiful celebrity that is never satisfied with their nose, you keep tweaking and tweaking until you ultimately convince yourself that you are not a worthy writer and comit literary suicide.
That’s why many great editors are not writers. Because writing requires a free flow, a sort of magical creativity that causes words to flow effortlessly from a pen. Not because the writer is specially talented or uniquely gifted, but ‘effortlessly’ because the writer is not bugged down with editorial cacaphony. Hence the writer tricks themselves into believing they are great but all they have done…is to simply kill their editor.
Have you killed your editor today?
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