engineering artistry

This post was brought to my attention by the author (and one of my cabin mates for Camp NaNo.) as I shared my struggle to turn off my inner editor. The message is so profound I wanted to share it with you. (Second day of Camp NaNo and I’m already ahead in knowledge! Thanks Shawn! 🙂 )

Shawn L. Bird

There’s an artist and an engineer on your team.  They have different skills and you need to use both of them!  (Sylvia Taylor)

Sylvia Taylor presented a very practical workshop on editing at the Shuswap Lake International Writers’ Festival, and this quote is from that workshop.  Our very exacting and critical left brain and our very creative right brain can either work against one another or with each other.  This lesson is a very practical one for writers.

In this case, there is an “I” in team, since both members of the team are in our own head. When they’re fighting for our attention, nothing productive happens.  While our right brain is happily thinking up new plots and dialogue, our left brain is telling us our ideas are stupid and forcing us to second guess every line.  Sylvia recommended harnessing the ‘engineer’ of the right brain by doing timed…

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