Stomping the Inner Critic

I admit that there are times when my Inner Critic goes into overdrive and tries to kill my creativity. And I equally admit that sometimes I just roll over and let it happen. That way I have an excuse as to why I didn’t do anything creative. That was then (in a not that long ago time sense of things). Now when I feel the inner critic poking around and trying to bring me down, I try to reason with It and if that doesn’t work I stomp on It.

Sometimes literally. Really. Not joking here. I go for a walk either outside or on the treadmill in the fitness room (of the apt complex). It’s working quite well.

Sometimes the inner critic would jump up and down screaming that I’m not perfect so how dare I try to be creative (in anything). Harsh little bugger It is. Speaking of perfection you should check out Alicia Mckenna Johnson’s blog post from yesterday.

Anyway…..

The inner critic (no more caps for you) can be insidious as well. Whispering little things like, “do you really think you can do that?”, or “Why do you think you are good enough to do this?” And while it still says those things. I just stomp it out before it has a chance to take root and grow into a garden of pessimism.

Okay I’m done rambling for today.

It’s your turn. How do silence the inner critic? 

Writing Upside Down and Backwards

I must finish, I must finish, I must finish…………

That has become my new mantra. The chant going round in circles and triangles in my writer’s mind. I must finish.

Perhaps I’m working on too many projects at one time. I do rotate between them  – a lot. Perhaps I should choose one, just one to work on until completion.

I’m starting to think that maybe I like the writing more than the finishing. That perhaps it’s that I don’t want the story to conclude. Maybe I have a case of Enditis. Yeah I think that’s it.

I like writing the story so much that I just don’t want it to end. I’ll have to work on it from that pov and see where I end (lol) up.

No tricks though. No telling myself to do it one way in order to trick the brain into finishing the story. I’d just get caught up in defining and perfecting the trick. That would so defeat the purpose of it.

AHA!

My apologies for yelling out in the middle of the post but I think I hit on something here. Perfection. I’m trying to make the stories perfect so they can end in a perfect way.

I know logically there is no such thing as perfection, but my writer’s brain is caught up in a hazy maze of thinking that there is such a thing. Okay, so now that I know…what am I going to do about it.

Hmmm……

Writing backwards may be a good thing to do. I’ll write (rewrite) the whole thing starting from where it ends. You see I actually wrote notes on the ending it was just getting there that was ensnared in a web.

So backwards. The end to the beginning.

I like this train of thought. I’m going with it.

So a question for those of you who reading this hazy maze post —

What can you do different today that will affect a positive change in your life?

(bet you didn’t see that question coming.)    🙂