So, we all know that I can have a hard time focusing occasionally! Okay, maybe not occasionally. Combine that with an over-developed internal editor and you can see why it is hard for me to get the words out of my head at times.
Writing exercises are helping, as I am force to focus on the task for 30 minutes at a shot. But you know what really helps.
Yep, that’s right. The good Dr and his Write or Die aversive techniques that include having the page turn red if here is too much time between key strokes, and even deleting words if you stare too long at the blank screen. Yep, these things work for me.
Being the perfectionist that I am, the aversive seems to shut up my internal editor, enabling me to vomit out 1.5 to 2K in 30 minutes.
Now, a couple of caveats to that number…
- Yes, I do have to have some sense of the scene (s) I am going to write before I start
- Yes, I do revise what I wrote usually.
But all in all, I actually succeed in getting it out of my head. Something that, in the past, has been a big problem for me. In fact,it has helped so much, I just broke the 10K mark on my WiP. Not bad since I started it over the weekend.
So, if you are having any difficulty getting the words on to the page, give it a try. Just don’t make the settings to strict – you may regret it when your words start disappearing!
What do you guys do to help shut down your internal editor?
Oh! And one more thing – Dr. Wicked is testing out a new editing tool, Editminion. Check it and let me know what you think.