By Catherine Hedge
I’m starting a new novel. I have a whole 11 pages done so far. (Yippee!) But when I start worrying or doubting my abilities, I reach for my favorite tonic, a little bit of Mr. B. (Leonard Bishop, that is.)
Whether it’s reading his blog, his book Dare to Be a Great Writer, or just delving back into my old class notes, I know I’ll emerge stronger, more confident, and ready to take risks.
This week, I was sharing with a dear friend his view on “internal editors.” He loved to tell a story of a writer who would end each day by looking back over her writing. She said her internal editor was always telling her things like, “This is just terrible! Throw it away!” Leonard told her to replace her editor with his who said, “Oh, This is Wonderful! Fantastic! More! I must have more!”
So, as I try to talk my internal editor into being critical, but kind, I reread one of Leonard’s best blogs on how to get off of the “I want to write a novel…someday” sticking place and launch into the reality of “I’ve done it!”
For those who are writing and want a joyful boost or those who’ve wished away decades, this repost is for you! I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you, Mr. B!
Write A Novel? Let’s Pretend (repost). By Leonard Bishop
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Mr.B, a great writer, teacher, and friend! Truly miss him and bis writing class.
I do too, Chris! But I really do believe he lives on in our words! Love, Cathy
Excellent reminder… time to “fire” the old editor and in with the new… I think even a bonus is in order!! Thank for the post!
Hear, hear! For a good, positive internal editor!