Yeah, that little b*tch. I forgot how awful she can be; sometimes I just want to kick her ass. I don't think there's an easy way to deal with her, but there are a few things you can do to ignore her.
- Invest in a pair of good headphones: I can't tell you how beneficial this has been for my own writing. I don't know why, but music can help me block out my inner editor. It doesn't always work, but it certainly helps.
- Have a good alpha reader: An alpha reader is someone who reads your story while you're still writing it. Their job is to provide quick feedback and to address the larger elements of the story, such as pacing, tension, and character arcs. Not everyone uses an alpha reader, but I love mine. Sometimes, I just need to find out whether or not I'm going in the right direction. With the inner editor screaming obscenities at me, it's always nice to find out what others think of the story.
- Take a break: It can be difficult to step back and take a break, but sometimes it's the best choice. Go read a book, watch a movie, or hang out with your friends/family. When you're feeling a bit better, you can step back into the ring. Your inner editor might still be there, but it'll be easier to deal with her.
- Just keep writing.... I know, I know. This is easier said than done, but it's true. The only way to get through a slump is to keep writing. It seems impossible at first, but it can be done. Eventually, your inner editor will get the hint and shut up until revision time. Don't worry about what's on the page. Just write. Everything can be edited later.
- Keep sweets nearby: If all else fails, indulge in your favourite treat. Mine happens to be ice cream. It doesn't help get rid of your inner editor, but it's one tasty way to cope with her.
Have you found anything else that works for you?