Every writer has an inner editor. Each editor is as different in personality as their writer is from another writer. Some have names, some do not, while others are known simply as Ed. Mine, well, his names is Archie. Actually, that’s his nickname, his full name is Archimedes M. Quinn.
Archie has been around for quite some time, but recently he decided he was going to come out of his little inner editor shell he put himself into inside my head and let me get to know him better.
I’m sure all of you are wondering, “What kind of an inner editor calls himself Archimedes M. Quinn?” (btw, he gave himself that name, I had nothing to do with it.) Well, I shall tell you.
Archie is a red-headed, perfectionist-realist-skeptic. That’s right. He thinks of himself as some sort of James Bond, Doctor Who cross over, (not kidding) and is obsessed with his wardrobe. He likes to be well dressed and tends to look down on inner editors who do not take their appearance as seriously as he does. (Yes, that means he’s a bit of a snob. Where did I get such an inner editor?) His interests include (but are not limited to), rapiers, bow ties, pocket watches and owls. (Not to mention diving his writer crazy.) He most recently informed me that he had a pet Spectacled Owl named Theophilus.
There’s Archie, pocketed into one paragraph, though he says I’m exaggerating on some of his lesser qualities, therefore, I shall tell you about his better qualities. First off, his skepticism. Yes, I see this as a good quality. It keeps me on my toes. If he’s skeptical of something *cough*my romance writing*cough* it forces me to rethink what I’m doing and make sure I’m showing it correctly. (Though, if it’s a rough draft I usually just tell him to take a hike and come back for the revision.) Even his perfectionism and realist POV can be good qualities. Though maybe annoying, they really do help.
Archie and I tend to argue allot, but in the end we’re still writer and inner editor and get along pretty well. (And he’s slowly learning to be nice.) There you have it, you have now been introduced to my inner editor, aka, the personality in my head that keeps me thinking, aka, the side of me that was so frustrating it needed it’s own character. 😉
P.S. Here’s a picture of Archie and one of a Spectacled Owl.