No, not the stupid voice I use when I'm talking to my dogs, Thistle and Pepper. Way off topic, but do any of you do that too? Use an embarrassingly goofy voice when you talk to your dogs? I'm just curious.
I knew not to do it with my children when they were little. I used no baby talk and showed them flash cards I'd made with shapes and words so they could learn English quickly and correctly. Which they did, by golly! Then the kids got a bit older, and we brought dogs into our lives. Now we all sound like idiots: "Who-za good boy? Do you want your widdle ears rubbed?" Nauseating, I know. But we're happy, so what the heck.
My real topic today is "that little voice". You know the one. The voice in your head that helps you edit your work. It also tells you when your manuscript is truly the best you can make it before you send it out into the world.
At the PNWA Conference, Deb Caletti mentioned that little voice. I'm paraphrasing, but she talked about listening to ourselves and not letting ourselves off the hook when we're revising. She was so right. Being easy on ourselves won't allow us to put our best work out there--and why would we settle for less?
We all have that little voice, and I've found mine improves and gets stronger with experience. Sometimes that little voice can get mixed up with my inner critic, the one that's too tough. When that happens, I need my critique group to point me in the right direction and/or I need time to help sort things out. Then I need to listen for that voice, what it tells me to do, and follow it, even though it will most likely involve unraveling the details I worked so hard to piece together. Let's face it: writing novels isn't for wimps.