Don’t we all have that negative guy in our head that tells us what we are writing is stupid, useless, or crap?
I have my days with the demon.
I don’t have a magic bullet for killing him off instantly. I can only tell you how I do it.
Usually I am writing away for a good piece of time and then IT happens.
I look at the lines I have just written or the last few paragraphs and here he comes, and he has really foul language.
“What the #$%& do you think you are doing? You are not your father. Nobody cares what you think. Nobody cares what story you are telling.You are a hack. You’re a #$%^ing idiot.”
Most of the time it is only one of those sentences, thankfully.
But think about it; my dad was incredible. Whether you ever read him or not he was a tremendous storyteller. Engaging, creative, and exciting storyteller. Those words describe my dad.
So who am I?
I am a writer. I am a storyteller.
I write. I write several days a week. I am also a mom so I never make 7 days. Maybe when both my kids are out of the house, but not yet. Probably they would both need to be out of the house and in a different time zone without the internet or phone…not happening. We shall see though.
What do I do when that jerk writing critic shows up?
I walk away for the day so I don’t edit my work into oblivion following his direction. He is no storyteller.
I write a blog post.
I go for a walk.
I surf the internet, which then ends the writing for the day.
I clean. I cook.
I may come back later, but I don’t stress about it.
Sometimes I try all of it.
So far he has never shown up at the beginning of a writing session. This is a win.
Now go write. Right?