A Different Kind of Conflict

Linda W. Yezak

conflict You’ve heard authors talk about turning off their internal editor? There’s a reason for that. Authors and editors think differently, and if one can’t shut off the other when necessary, there is conflict.

I doubt I’m telling anyone what they don’t already know, but this really is a right-brain, left-brain kind of thing.

I always get it confused, so in case you do too, here’s the theory: “right brain” folks tend to be more artistic; “left brained” folks more logical. So when the right brained author has the left side of his brain pokin’ its nose into his business, he gets stymied. Stilted. Stopped.

And when the left brained editor is reading the wonderful works of the writer who has pushed the limits of artistic license, he becomes mortified and indignant and threatens to yank that license away. Illegal use of imagery!

Not long ago, there was a discussion…

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