We’re not supposed to tell people to shut up. We’re supposed to be polite and considerate.
I’m here to tell you that sometimes we need to tell our inner editor to shut up.
I’m not saying we don’t need to edit our work. On the contrary, I even wrote this post, 7 Tips for Self-Editing, but there is a time and a place for said editing.
When you’re writing your first draft, I strongly advise you not to edit. Let your ideas flow. If you try to edit now, you may never finish your novel. Or worse yet, you’ll stifle your creativity.
There is another voice, one that may or not be your inner editor. The one that tells you this isn’t any good. Why on earth did you think you could be a writer? You should just give up before anyone discovers you can’t really write.
These, my friends, are the voice of the enemy. Do not believe his lies.
Recently, I heard these words burn through my mind. When you begin to hear the lies, turn to our source of truth. Pray that God’s voice would be the only one you would hear. Ask Jesus to silence everything that is not from Him.
I’ve started doing this every time I sit down to write. It is making a huge difference. We can choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.
If you’re trying to write your first novel or first draft of a new project, focus on getting it all out on paper or the computer screen. It’s fine to check and make sure your book is keeping in check with your outline and overall story and character goal, but don’t try to make it perfect.
Have you ever had to tell your inner editor to shut up? Do you have any tips to keep yourself going when you feel like giving up?