Blind your inner editor

I was talking about Flash Memoirs at my book club the other day and a fellow writer/reader threw out a brilliant idea:

To stun your inner editor into giving you a moment’s peace, use a symbol font such as Wingdings, or change your font to white, while writing on your computer.  When you’re ready to review your writing (after free-writing the first draft of course), you can change it all back to readable format.

I knew the moment she said it that it was the answer to my prayer.  This trick really keeps the juices flowing.  And the bonus is your inner editor gets to have a party when you change the document back to recognizable text.

What other tricks do you use to get your inner editor to take a nap while you’re writing?

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2 Comments on “Blind your inner editor”

  1. July 6, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I love Lynda Barry’s tip for life writing with pen and paper: once you start writing, don’t stop. Don’t lift the pen from the paper until you’re done transferring the memory from your brain to the paper. That means even if your brain goes blank for a minute keep the pen moving — doodling, writing nonsense, etc. — until your words return. (idea from What It Is, Lynda Barry)

    • July 6, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Couldn’t agree more, absolutely essential! Thanks for chiming in.

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