It is always a good idea to pay attention to what your inner editor is trying to tell you – he knows a lot more than we often give him credit for!
Whenever you’re not 100% sure about something – a scene perhaps, or the way a character reacts in a particular situation – then don’t just leave it. Your inner editor is telling you that there’s something wrong – so fix it now. Otherwise the instant it goes for critique – to an agent/editor – guess what the first thing covered in red ink will be!
The same applies to these moments when you’re reading through your work and you knock up against something that pulls you, just for an instant, out of the story. Again, it’s your inner editor. Listen to him. He’s right. Even if you can’t immediately see what’s wrong, mark that bit in red and come back to it.
We all know that moment when someone points out a flaw in your work and you think to yourself. “Drat – I knew that wasn’t working.”
That’s when you haven’t been listening to your inner editor.