Writer Beware: How the Inner Editor Attacks

My inner critic (editor) is named homer. Yep homer with a lower case “h”. I do my best to show him disrespect. Great post about your Inner Editor.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

If you read a decent number of creative writing blogs, or know any authors, you’ve probably heard about the dreaded “Inner Editor.” I’ve decided to call mine Eeyore, cause he’s pretty much a downer. (Jennings Wright’s is a balrog. This is a FABULOUS blog post on the same topic with a different twist.)

The Inner Editor is your “bad” writing angel. It’s the guy or gal (or donkey) sitting on your shoulder telling you you shouldn’t be writing, you’re wasting your time, and you’re no good at it. The big problem with Eeyore is that he knows me really well, so he’s really good at picking up on the things I don’t like about myself and using them to distract me from making progress.

You might think that after some time, your Eeyore will go away. Bad news: he doesn’t. I’ve been writing for ten years and I’ve…

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4 comments
  1. homer is a great name for an inner editor. Somewhere between an epic Greek poet and a fat, bald guy who says d’oh! a lot.

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks, hadn’t thought of the poet.

  2. Sad but true. Perhaps I should name my inner editor. For some reason, I’m thinking of a stress cow I bought for my desk at work. I will name my inner editor “The Unnamed Stress Cow.” Whenever I’m feeling stressed or pestered by the inner editor, I will squeeze the stress cow.

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