Learning to silence my inner editor

By Jessie Ren Marshall I am trained to be a critic. After several years of graduate school, I started to enjoy pointing out flaws in people’s writing, a ruthless activity with all the destructive pleasure of picking at a scab. The voice of my inner editor had become so powerful that it almost kept me from finding the love of my life. The summer after graduation I had a temporary job teaching, but no idea of what to do next. Meanwhile, I lectured my writing students on the power of words: “Beware the thoughtless adjective. Beware the vague pronoun.” “It is refreshing to see a practitioner recognize how being pedantic often kills the intent of one’s efforts. We all need to lighten up from time to time.” Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/fashion/learning-to-silence-my-inner-editor.html

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