Michael Blair: Listening to your internal editor
Hearing voices? According to the author of If Looks Could Kill, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
"Some writers claim their characters write their own dialogue. I wish mine did. I do have an internal editor, however, that occasionally expresses itself through the voice of a character. For example, I’m writing dialogue when one of my characters pipes up, 'Will you get to the point!' That’s my internal editor telling me I’m rambling, that I need to get to the point too. If your internal editor kicks in and red-pencils adverbs and adjectives, an unnecessary scene, or an awkward transition, pay attention. It’s probably right. Most of the time, anyway. Like your flesh-and-blood editor."
Michael Blair’s first novel, If Looks Could Kill, was shortlisted for the 1999 Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the 2001 Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Prize. Since then he’s published four novels with Dundurn Press, most recently Depth of Field. He lives in Montreal.