Part of our Creative Writing Series
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What do you hear yourself say? This is the inner critic that has a place in your soul. Perhaps you think this is just part of you. It is only a voice that you have grown comfortable with. Disrupting the process is the next step to your pathway of unblocking. Every writer deals with self-doubt and this comes from this inner critic. Let’s look at an example, Stephen King,
In On Writing King said of his self-doubt, “Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.”
Years later, in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, King explained how his fear of failure manifests in dreams, “The one that recurs is that I'm going to be in a play, and I get to the theater and it's opening night and not only can I not find my costume, but I realize that I have never learned the lines.” Despite years of success King tells Rolling Stone, “I'm afraid of failing at whatever story I'm writing – that it won't come up for me, or that I won't be able to finish it.” ~Stephen King
Experience with writing does not cure writers block or the inner critic, persistent conversing does. We have to speak to the critic and counter act the statements. We learned to tie our shoe when we were 6, but that doesn’t mean we stopped tying our shoe at 6.
Identify what is your mantra? What words encourage you, do you identify with, build you up? Write them down, post them on the walls, say them!
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